Prof. Dr. Daniel Loss

Professor of Theoretical Physics (Ordinarius)

Department of Physics, University of Basel
Klingelbergstrasse 82
4056 Basel, Switzerland

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Short Biography

Daniel Loss received Diploma and Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics at the University of Zürich in 1983 and 1985, resp., where he stayed as postdoc for four more years. From 1989 to 1991 he worked as postdoc in Urbana (USA), with Nobel Laureate Prof. A. J. Leggett, and from 1991 to 1993 at IBM Research Center, NY (USA). In 1993 he moved to Vancouver (Canada) to become Assistant and then Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University. In 1996 he returned to Switzerland to become full Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Basel. Loss is director of the Basel Center for Quantum Computing and Quantum Coherence (QC2), and co-director of the Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) at the University of Basel. He received several prestigious fellowships, is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and an elected member of the European Academy of Sciences and of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. He has been awarded the Humboldt Research Prize in 2005, the Marcel Benoist Prize in 2010 - the most prestigious science prize in Switzerland, the Blaise Pascal Medal in Physics 2014 from the European Academy of Sciences, and the King Faisal International Prize in Science 2017 (see further information here).



Research Summary

Loss's research interests include many aspects of the quantum theory of condensed matter systems with a particular focus on spin-dependent and phase-coherent phenomena (mesoscopics) in semiconducting nanostructures and molecular magnets. A major portion of Loss's current research involves the theory of spin dynamics, spin coherence, spintronics in two-dimensional electron gases, and spin-related phenomena in semiconducting quantum dots - artificial atoms and molecules. Part of this work is related to quantum information processing (QIP) - quantum computing and quantum communication in solid state systems with focus on spin qubits, where Loss and collaborators made seminal contributions. Their theoretical predictions and proposals have stimulated many further investigations, and in particular many experimental programs on spin qubits worldwide. Current research includes spin and charge effects in quantum dots; spin qubits, quantum dots, decoherence, Cooper pair splitter; many-body effects in 2DEGs, spintronics and disorder effects; Luttinger liquids; nuclear spins; quantum computing; Majorana and para-fermions; topological quantum matter and non-Abelian statistics; topological quantum computing; quantum Hall effect; spin currents and magnonics in insulating magnets; spin dynamics in molecular magnets.


Selected Publications

Daniel Loss has more than 420 publications  (see google scholar or web of science) and more than 400 invited conference talks. Below is a selection of publications.

  1. D. Loss and D. P. DiVincenzo, Quantum Computation with Quantum Dots, Phys. Rev. A 57, 120 (1998).
  2. P. Recher, E. V. Sukhorukov, and D. Loss, Andreev-Tunneling, Coulomb Blockade, and Resonant Transport of Non-Local Spin-Entangled Electrons, Phys. Rev. B 63, 165314 (2001).
  3. A. V. Khaetskii, D. Loss, and L. Glazman, Electron Spin Decoherence in Quantum Dots due to Interaction with Nuclei, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 186802 (2002).
  4. B. Braunecker, P. Simon, and D. Loss, Nuclear Magnetism and Electron Order in Interacting One-Dimensional Conductors, Phys. Rev. B 80, 165119 (2009).
  5. C. Kloeffel, M. Trif, and D. Loss, Strong Spin-Orbit Interaction and Helical Hole States in Ge/Si Nanowires, Phys. Rev. B 84, 195314 (2011).
  6. S. Bravyi, D. P. DiVincenzo, and D. Loss, Schrieffer-Wolff Transformation for Quantum Many-Body Systems, Annals of Physics 326, 2793–2826 (2011).
  7. J. Klinovaja and D. Loss, Topological Edge States and Fractional Quantum Hall Effect from Umklapp Scattering, Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 196401 (2013).
  8. F. L. Pedrocchi, A. Hutter, J. R. Wootton, and D. Loss, Enhanced Thermal Stability of the Toric Code through Coupling to a Bosonic Bath, Phys. Rev. A 88, 062313 (2013).
  9. C. Kloeffel and D. Loss, Prospects for Spin-Based Quantum Computing in Quantum Dots, Annu. Rev. Condens. Matter Phys. 4, 51 (2013).
  10. J. Klinovaja and D. Loss, Time-Reversal Invariant Parafermions in Interacting Rashba Nanowires, Phys. Rev. B 90, 045118 (2014).