Research Summary

This research program focuses on the exploration of spin-dependent electronic processes in condensed matter, including spin-dependent charge transport and recombination but also spin-injection and spin-transport in presence or absence of charge transport. Goal of these efforts is to allow for coherent spin motion detection of small spin ensembles as needed for materials research and single electron or nuclear spin readout devices as needed for quantum information science.


  • Diplom, Physics, Ruprecht-Karls-Universit├Ąt Heidelberg
  • M.Sc., Physics, North Carolina State University
  • Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.), Physics, University of Marburg


A child of the 1970s, he was born and raised in Oppenau, a small town in southwest Germany, about 20 driving minutes east of the eastern French city of Strasbourg. After High School, obtaining an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering as well as 15 months of civil services caring for disabled people (chosen to avoid the military draft), he moved to Heidelberg, Germany in 1994 in order to study physics at the University of Heidelberg. He won a Fulbright Student Scholarship in 1997 which brought him to the US for the first time, where he lived in Raleigh, North Carolina and met his wife Kristie. In 2000 he and Kristie moved to Berlin, Germany where they lived for 5 years while he worked for the Hahn-Meitner Institut, a national laboratory. He finished his dissertation work as a graduate student of the University of Marburg in 2002 while still living and working in Berlin where he then also spent an additional three years after graduation to work as a postdoctoral researcher.

He moved to Utah in 2006 to join the U's Department of Physics as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted into the rank of Associate Professor and awarded tenure in 2010, promoted to the rank of Professor in 2013 and he served as Associate Chair of the Department of Physics & Astronomy from July 2010 until August 2015. In 2019, he was appointed Physics & Astronomy Interim Department Chair.