Yanick Volpez
ContactDepartment of PhysicsUniversity of Basel Klingelbergstrasse 82 CH4056 Basel, Switzerland

Short CV
2016present:  Ph.D. student in the Condensed Matter Theory & Quantum Computing group at the University of Basel, supervisors: Prof. Klinovaja and Prof. Loss 
2015/2016:  Master's Thesis: 'Correlated Fermions on Hexagonal Lattices from the Functional Renormalization Group' under the supervision of PD Dr. Michael Scherer 
20142016:  M.Sc. Physics Degree at Heidelberg University 
2013/2014:  Bachelor's Thesis: 'Calculation of TwoLoop Master Integrals for qq > VV' under the supervision of Prof. Thomas Gehrmann 
20102014:  B.Sc. Physics Degree at University of Zurich 
Publications
Show all abstracts.1.  Second Order Topological Superconductivity in $\pi$Junction Rashba Layers 
Y. Volpez, D. Loss, and J. Klinovaja. Phys. Rev. Lett. 122,126402 (2019)
We consider a Josephson junction bilayer consisting of two tunnelcoupled twodimensional electron gas layers with Rashba spinorbit interaction, proximitized by a top and bottom swave superconductor with phase difference $\phi$ close to $\pi$. We show that, in the presence of a finite weak inplane Zeeman field, the bilayer can be driven into a second order topological superconducting phase, hosting two Majorana corner states (MCSs). If $\phi=\pi$, in a rectangular geometry, these zeroenergy bound states are located at two opposite corners determined by the direction of the Zeeman field. If the phase difference $\phi$ deviates from $\pi$ by a critical value, one of the two MCSs gets relocated to an adjacent corner. As the phase difference $\phi$ increases further, the system becomes trivially gapped. The obtained MCSs are robust against static and magnetic disorder. We propose two setups that could realize such a model: one is based on controlling $\phi$ by magnetic flux, the other involves an additional layer of randomly oriented magnetic impurities responsible for the phase shift of $\pi$ in the proximityinduced superconducting pairing.
 
2.  Rashba Sandwiches with Topological Superconducting Phases 
Y. Volpez, D. Loss, and J. Klinovaja. Phys. Rev. B 97,195421 (2018)
We introduce a versatile heterostructure harboring various topological superconducting phases characterized by the presence of helical, chiral, or unidirectional edge states. Changing parameters, such as an effective Zeeman field or chemical potential, one can tune between these three topological phases in the same setup. Our model relies only on conventional nontopological ingredients. The bilayer setup consists of an swave superconductor sandwiched between two twodimensional electron gas layers with strong Rashba spinorbit interaction. The interplay between two different pairing mechanisms, proximity induced direct and crossed Andreev superconducting pairings, gives rise to multiple topological phases. In particular, helical edge states occur if crossed Andreev superconducting pairing is dominant. In addition, an inplane Zeeman field leads to a twodimensional gapless topological phase with unidirectional edge states, which were previously predicted to exist only in noncentrosymmetric superconductors. If the Zeeman field is tilted out of the plane, the system is in a topological phase hosting chiral edge states.
 
3.  ThreeDimensional Fractional Topological Insulators in Coupled Rashba Layers 
Y. Volpez, D. Loss, and J. Klinovaja. Phys. Rev. B 96, 085422 (2017)
We propose a model of threedimensional topological insulators consisting of weakly coupled electron and holegas layers with Rashba spinorbit interaction stacked along a given axis. We show that in the presence of strong electronelectron interactions the system realizes a fractional strong topological insulator, where the rotational symmetry and condensation energy arguments still allow us to treat the problem as quasionedimensional with bosonization techniques. We also show that if Rashba and Dresselhaus spinorbit interaction terms are equally strong, by doping the system with magnetic impurities, one can bring it into the Weyl semimetal phase.
 
4.  Electronic instabilities of the extended Hubbard model on the honeycomb lattice from functional renormalization 
Y. Volpez, D. D. Scherer, and M. M. Scherer. Phys. Rev. B 94, 165107 (2016)
Interacting fermions on the halffilled honeycomb lattice with shortrange repulsions have been suggested to host a variety of interesting manybody ground states, e.g., a topological Mott insulator. A number of recent studies of the spinless case in terms of exact diagonalization, the infinite density matrix renormalization group and the functional renormalization group, however, indicate a suppression of the topological Mott insulating phase in the whole range of interaction parameters. Here, we complement the previous studies by investigating the quantum manybody instabilities of the physically relevant case of spin1/2 fermions with onsite, nearestneighbor and secondnearestneighbor repulsion. To this end, we employ the multipatch functional renormalization group for correlated fermions with refined momentum resolution observing the emergence of an antiferromagnetic spindensity wave and a chargedensity wave for dominating onsite and nearestneighbor repulsions, respectively. For dominating secondnearest neighbor interaction our results favor an ordering tendency towards a chargemodulated ground state over the topological Mott insulating state. The latter evades a stabilization as the leading instability by the additional onsite interaction.
