Prof. Katharina J. Franke
Fachbereich Physik, Freie Universität Berlin
Magnetic adsorbates on conventional s-wave superconductors lead to exchange interactions that can induce bound states inside the superconducting energy gap. These states are known as Yu-Shiba-Rusinov (YSR) states and can be resolved by scanning tunneling spectroscopy as a pair of resonances at positive and negative bias voltages in the superconducting gap. Here, we employ tunneling spectroscopy at 1.1 K to investigate magnetic atoms and chains on superconducting Pb surfaces. We show that individual Manganese (Mn) atoms give rise to a distinct number of YSR-states, depending on the crystal field imposed by the adsorption site. The spatial extension of these states directly reflects their origin as the singly occupied d-states. When the atoms are brought into sufficiently close distance, the YSR states hybridize and give rise to states with bonding and anti-bonding character. Within one-dimensional chains, the hybridized YSR states lead to spin-polarized bands. Whereas Fe chains show signatures of Majorana zero modes, Co chains do not provide evidence for these. We explain the difference by the different occupancy of the d-bands.
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