Magnetoelectric spectroscopy of Andreev bound states in Josephson quantum dots

Author(s): N. Wentzell, S. Florens, T. Meng, V. Meden, S. Andergassen

Journal: Phys. Rev. B

Volume: 94

Page(s): 085151

Year: 2016

DOI Number: 10.1103/PhysRevB.94.085151

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We theoretically investigate the behavior of Andreev levels in a single-orbital interacting quantum dot in contact with superconducting leads, focusing on the effect of electrostatic gating and applied magnetic field, as relevant for recent experimental spectroscopic studies. In order to account reliably for spin-polarization effects in the presence of correlations, we extend here two simple and complementary approaches that are tailored to capture effective Andreev levels: the static functional renormalization group (fRG) and the self-consistent Andreev bound states (SCABS) theory. We provide benchmarks against the exact large-gap solution as well as renormalization group (NRG) calculations and find good quantitative agreement in the range of validity. The large flexibility of the implemented approaches then allows us to analyze a sizable parameter space, allowing us to get a deeper physical understanding into the Zeeman field, electrostatic gate, and flux dependence of Andreev levels in interacting nanostructures.

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