Prof. Dr. Dominik M. Zumbühl

Associate Professor of Experimental Physics

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

Office 1.16a
T +41 (0)61 207 36 93  
E-mail: dominik.zumbuhl(at)
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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.


Selected Publications

  1. Evolution of the quantum Hall bulk spectrum into chiral edge states
    T. Patlatiuk, C.P. Scheller, D. Hill, Y. Tserkovnyak, G. Barak, A. Yacoby, L. N. Pfeiffer, K. W. West, and D. M. Zumbühl
    Nature Communications 9, 3692 (September 2018)
  2. Hyperfine-phonon spin relaxation in a single-electron GaAs quantum dot
    L. C. Camenzind, L. Yu, P. Stano, J. Zimmermann, A. C. Gossard, D. Loss and D. M. Zumbühl
    Nature Communications 9, 2454 (August 2018)
  3. Stretchable persistent spin helices in GaAs quantum wells
    F. Dettwiler, J. Fu, S. Mack, P. J. Weigele, J. C. Egues, D. D. Awschalom and D. M. Zumbühl
    Phys. Rev. X 7, 031010 (July 2017)
  4. D. E. F. Biesinger, C. P. Scheller, B. Braunecker, J. Zimmerman, A. C. Gossard, D. M. Zumbühl
    Intrinsic Metastabilities in the Charge Configuration of a Double Quantum Dot,
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 106804 (September 2015).
  5. A. V. Feshchenko, L. Casparis, I. M. Khaymovich, D. Maradan, O.-P. Saira, M. Palma, M. Meschke, J. P. Pekola, and D. M. Zumbühl
    Tunnel junction thermometry down to millikelvin temperatures,
    Phys. Rev. Appl. 4, 034001 (September 2015).
  6. C. P. Scheller, S. Heizmann, K. Bedner, D. Giss, M. Meschke, D. M. Zumbühl, J. D. Zimmerman, and A. C. Gossard
    Silver-Epoxy Microwave Filters and Thermalizers for Millikelvin Experiments,
    Appl. Phys. Lett. 104, 211106 (May 2014).
  7. C. P. Scheller, T.-M. Liu, G. Barak, A. Yacoby, L. N. Pfeiffer, K. W. West, and D. M. Zumbühl
    Possible Evidence for Helical Nuclear Spin Order in GaAs Quantum Wires,
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 066801 (February 2014).
  8. L. Casparis, M. Meschke, D. Maradan, A. C. Clark, C. Scheller, K. K. Schwarzwälder, J. P. Pekola and D. M. Zumbühl
    Metallic Coulomb Blockade Thermometry down to 10 mK and below,
    Rev. Sci. Instr. 83, 083903 (2012)
  9. D. Kölbl, D. M. Zumbühl, A. Fuhrer, G. Salis, and S. F. Alvarado,
    Breakdown of the Korringa Law of Nuclear Spin Relaxation in Metallic GaAs,
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 086601 (2012).
  10. A. C. Clark, K. K. Schwarzwälder, T. Bandi, D. Maradan, D. M. Zumbühl,
    Method for Cooling Nanostructures to Microkelvin Temperatures,
    Rev. Sci. Instr. 81, 103904 (2010).
  11. S. Amasha, K. MacLean, I. P. Radu, D. M. Zumbühl, M. A. Kastner, M. P. Hanson and A. C. Gossard,
    Electrical Control of Spin Relaxation in a Quantum Dot,
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 46803 (2008).
  12. J. B. Miller, I. Radu, D. M. Zumbühl, E. M. Levenson-Falk, M. A. Kastner, C. M. Marcus, L. N. Pfeiffer, and K. W. West,
    Fractional Quantum Hall Effect in a Quantum Point Contact at Filling Fraction 5/2,
    Nature Physics 3, 561 (2007). 
  13. D. M. Zumbühl, C. M. Marcus, M. P. Hanson and A. C. Gossard,
    Cotunneling Spectroscopy in Few-Electron Quantum Dots,
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 256801 (2004).
  14. J. B. Miller, D. M. Zumbühl, C. M. Marcus, Y. B. Lyanda-Geller, G. Goldhaber-Gordon, K. Campman and A. C. Gossard,
    Gate-Controlled Spin-Orbit Quantum Interference Effects In Lateral Transport,
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 76807 (2003).