Charge transport through a small topological superconducting island in contact with a normal and a superconducting electrode occurs through a cycle that involves coherent oscillations of Cooper pairs and tunneling in/out the normal electrode through a Majorana bound state, the Josephson-Majorana cycle. We illustrate this mechanism by studying the current-voltage characteristics of a superconductor-topological superconductor-normal metal single-electron transistor. At low bias and temperature the Josephson-Majorana cycle is the dominant mechanism for transport. We discuss a three-terminal configuration where the nonlocal character of the Majorana bound states is emergent. © 2013 American Physical Society.
Josephson-Majorana cycle in topological single-electron hybrid transistors / Didier, N.; Gibertini, M.; Moghaddam, A. G.; Konig, J.; Fazio, R.. - In: PHYSICAL REVIEW. B, CONDENSED MATTER AND MATERIALS PHYSICS. - ISSN 1098-0121. - 88:2(2013), pp. 024512-024517. [10.1103/PhysRevB.88.024512]