Prof. Dr. Dominik Zumbühl
Dominik Zumbühl
Philosophisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Departement Physik
FG Zumbühl


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. Since 2015, Dominik is serving as Chair of the Department.

Research Summary

Research focuses on quantum transport experiments in nanostructured materials at low temperatures. Ongoing projects include spin qubits, microkelvin quantum transport experiments, topological quantum phases, electron spin and nuclear spin effects, graphene, and other experiments investigating mesoscopic electron transport. We are interested in coherent manipulation of quantum mechanical degrees of freedom in solid state nanostructures working towards quantum information processing. Experiments investigate quantum transport through semiconductor nanostructures which are fabricated in-house using high-mobility 2D electron gas materials obtained from collaborating molecular beam epitaxy labs. Experiments are typically performed in dilution refrigerators at millikelvin temperatures in magnetic fields. Measurements are done using electronic low-noise techniques and may involve nanosecond-pulsing and microsecond readout schemes.

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`uhlD. 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 letters104, 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 letters112, 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 instruments83, 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 letters109, 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 instruments81, 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 letters100, 046803 (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 physics3, 561 (2007).   edoc
Zumbühl, D. M., Marcus, C. M., Hanson, M. P. & Gossard, A. C. Cotunneling spectroscopy in few-electron quantum dots. Physical review letters93, 256801 (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 letters90, 076807 (2003).   edoc
Title Status
EMP / European Microkelvin Platform Ongoing
Georg H. Endress Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Artem Kononov Ongoing
Georg H. Endress Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Andreas Kuhlmann Ongoing