Prof. Dr. Dominik Zumbühl
Director, NCCR SPIN
Dominik Zumbühl
Philosophisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Departement Physik
FG Zumbühl

Director, NCCR SPIN

Klingelbergstrasse 82
4056 Basel

Tel. +41 61 207 36 93

Administrative assistant

Prof. Dr. Dominik Zumbühl

Short Biography

Dominik Zumbühl, born 1974 in Zürich, received a diploma in physics in 1998 from ETH Zürich. Subsequently, he worked on his doctorate at Stanford University and then, after relocating with the lab, at Harvard University with Prof. Charles Marcus,  obtaining his PhD in 2004 with title «Coherence and Spin in GaAs Quantum Dots». He then joined the group of Prof. Marc Kastner at MIT as a postdoctoral fellow. In April 2006, Dominik was appointed as a tenure track assistant professor at the Department of Physics at the University of Basel. In 2008, he has received one of the prestigious Starting Grants of the European Research Council (ERC) in the first ERC call, where only 3% of proposals were funded. In April 2012, Dominik was awarded tenure and was promoted to associate professor. From 2015-2019, Dominik was serving as Chair of the Department. In February 2021, he took on the role of director of the NCCR SPIN.

Research Summary

Research focuses on quantum transport experiments in semiconductor nanostructures investigating quantum coherence, electron and holes spins as well as nuclear spins and interactions in semiconductor nanostructures. Ongoing projects include

  • spin qubits (electrons, holes) for quantum computing
  • microkelvin temperatures in nano samples
  • nanowires and 1D systems for novel quantum matter
  • tunneling spectroscopy to probe edge states
  • spin-orbit coupling in quantum dots, wires and wells

See also the group's publications for recent and ongoing projects.

Camenzind, L. C., Yu, L., Stano, P., Zimmerman, J. D., Gossard, A. C., Loss, D. & Zumbühl, D. M. Spectroscopy of Quantum Dot Orbitals with In-Plane Magnetic Fields. Physical Review Letters122, 207701 (2019).   edoc
Camenzind, L. C., Yu, L., Stano, P., Zimmerman, J. D., Gossard, A. C., Loss, D. & Zumbuhl, D. M. Hyperfine-phonon spin relaxation in a single-electron GaAs quantum dot. Nature Communications9, 3454 (2018).   edoc
Dettwiler, F., Fu, J., Mack, S., Weigele, P. J., Egues, J. C., Awschalom, D. D. & Zumb`uhl, D. M. Stretchable Persistent Spin Helices in GaAs Quantum Wells. Physical Review X7, 31010 (2017).   edoc | Open Access
Biesinger, D. E. F., Scheller, C. P., Braunecker, B., Zimmerman, B., Gossard, A. C. & Zumbühl, D. M. Intrinsic Metastabilities in the Charge Configuration of a Double Quantum Dot. Physical review letters115, 106804 (2015).   edoc
Feshchenko, A. V., Casparis, L., Khaymovich, I. M., Maradan, D., Saira, O. .-P., Palma, M., Meschke, M., Pekola, J. P. & Zumbühl, D. M. Tunnel junction thermometry down to millikelvin temperatures. Physical review applied4, 34001 (2015).   edoc
Scheller, C. P., Heizmann, S., Bedner, K., Giss, D., Meschke, M., Zumbuhl, D. M., Zimmerman, J. D. & Gossard, A. C. Silver-Epoxy Microwave Filters and Thermalizers for Millikelvin Experiments. Applied physics lettersVol. 104, H. 21 , 211106, (2014).   edoc
Scheller, C. P., Liu, T. .-M., Barak, G., Yacoby, A., Pfeiffer, L. N., West, K. W. & Zumbühl, D. M. Possible Evidence for Helical Nuclear Spin Order in GaAs Quantum Wires. Physical review lettersVol. 112, H. 6 , 066801, (2014).   edoc
Casparis, L., Meschke, M., Maradan, D., Clark, A. C., Scheller, C., Schwarzwälder, K. K., Pekola, J. P. & Zumbühl, D. M. Metallic Coulomb Blockade Thermometry down to 10 mK and below. Review of scientific instrumentsVol. 83 , 083903, (2012).   edoc
Kölbl, D., Zumbühl, D. M., Fuhrer, A., Salis, G. & Alvarado, S. F. Breakdown of the Korringa Law of Nuclear Spin Relaxation in Metallic GaAs. Physical review lettersVol. 109 , 086601, (2012).   edoc
Clark, A. C., Schwarzwälder, K. K., Bandi, T., Maradan, D. & Zumbühl, D. M. Method for Cooling Nanostructures to Microkelvin Temperatures. Review of scientific instrumentsVol. 81, H. 10, 103904 (2010).   edoc
Amasha, S., MacLean, K., Radu, I. P., Zumbühl, D. M., Kastner, M. A., Hanson, M. P. & Gossard, A. C. Electrical control of spin relaxation in a quantum dot. Physical review lettersVol. 100, H. 4, 46803, 4 S., (2008).   edoc
Miller, J. B., Radu, I. P., Zumbühl, D. M., Levenson-Falk, E. M., Kastner, M. A., Marcus, C. M., Pfeiffer, L. N. & West, K. W. Fractional quantum Hall effect in a quantum point contact at filling fraction 5/2. Nature physicsVol. 3, 561 (2007).   edoc
Zumbühl, D. M., Marcus, C. M., Hanson, M. P. & Gossard, A. C. Cotunneling spectroscopy in few-electron quantum dots. Physical review lettersVol. 93, H. 25, 256801, 4 S., (2004).   edoc
Miller, J. B., Zumbühl, D. M., Marcus, C. M., Lyanda-Geller, Y. B., Goldhaber-Gordon, G., Campman, K. & Gossard, A. C. Gate-controlled spin-orbit quantum interference effects in lateral transport. Physical review lettersVol. 90, H. 7, 076807, 4 S., (2003).   edoc
Title Status
Scanning Nanowire Quantum Dot Ongoing
QUSTEC PhD fellowship - Quantum transport at microkelvin temperatures Ongoing
QUSTEC PhD fellowship - Germanium Silicon Nanowire Nanostructures Ongoing