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We show that the topological Majorana modes in nanowires much longer than the superconducting coherence length are adiabatically connected with discrete zero-energy states generically occurring in short nanowires. We demonstrate that these zero-energy crossings can be tuned by an external magnetic field and are protected by the particle-hole symmetry. We study the evolution of the low-energy spectrum and the splitting oscillations as a function of magnetic field, wire length, and chemical potential, manifestly establishing that the low-energy physics of short wires is related to that occurring in long wires. This physics, which represents a hallmark of spinless p-wave superconductivity, can be observed in tunneling conductance measurements.

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Stanescu, Tudor D.., Lutchyn, Roman M.., & Das Sarma, S.. (2013). Dimensional Crossover In Spin-Orbit-Coupled Semiconductor Nanowires With Induced Superconducting Pairing. Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, 87(9).



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