Vlad Pribiag

Vlad Pribiag

Vlad Pribiag

Assistant Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy


Physics And Nanotechnology Building
Room 214
115 Union St. Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Pribiag Group

Ph.D., Cornell University, 2010

M.S., Cornell University, 2006

B.S., University of Toronto, 2003

Professional Background

Postdoc, Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, TU Delft, 2010-2014

Research Interests

The Pribiag group's research applies innovative nanofabrication and low-temperature measurement techniques to uncover the electronic properties of new low-dimensional material systems. Our work is driven both by the potential to uncover fundamental properties of quantum materials and by the desire to develop quantum devices with emergent physical properties that could enable future computing paradigms.

Our emphasis is on 2D and 1D materials that host topological states of matter or exhibit unusual spin and superconducting properties. Some of these materials are particularly promising for the development of future computing and communication technologies that will embrace the laws of quantum mechanics to overcome the limitations of what is possible within the existing (“classical”) paradigm.

Topological superconductivity is a fascinating condensed matter phase that is predicted to host Majorana zero-modes. When attached to a local defect such as a domain wall, Majorana modes, unlike conventional fermions, are expected to show non-Abelian exchange statistics. Because of their exotic properties and their topological robustness, Majoranas have become very important in the nascent field of topological quantum computing, which aims to exploit topological protection for decoherence-free quantum information processing.

Low-dimensional semiconductors with strong spin-orbit coupling open up avenues for exploring novel spin physics. For example, the spin orientation can be coupled to the electron propagation direction by applying a magnetic field along the nanowire. We are interested in the intriguing possibility of using such spin-helical modes as spin filters or to couple single spins from separate quantum dots.

Honors and Awards

McKnight Land-Grant Professor, 2019-2021

NSF CAREER Award, 2016-2021

Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, 2017-2019

IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Low Temperature Physics, 2017

Innovational Research Incentives Scheme (VENI) Award - Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), 2011-2014

Current Funding:

Department of Energy, Office of Naval Research, National Science Foundation, Sloan Foundation

Selected Publications

Xinxin Cai, Jin Yue, Peng Xu, Bharat Jalan, Vlad S. Pribiag, From Weak Antilocalization to Kondo Scattering in a Magnetic Complex Oxide Interface, arXiv:2007.01853 (2020)

Yilikal Ayino, Jin Yue, Tianqi Wang, Bharat Jalan, Vlad S. Pribiag, Effects of paramagnetic pair-breaking and spin-orbital coupling on multi-band superconductivity, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 32, 38LT02 (2020)

Alex Hamill, Brett Heischmidt, Egon Sohn, Daniel Shaffer, Kan-Ting Tsai, Xi Zhang, Xiaoxiang Xi, Alexey Suslov, Helmuth Berger, László Forró, Fiona J. Burnell, Jie Shan, Kin Fai Mak, Rafael M. Fernandes, Ke Wang, Vlad S. Pribiag, Unexpected two-fold symmetric superconductivity in few-layer NbSe2, arXiv:2004.02999 (2020)

Zedong Yang, Brett Heischmidt, Sasa Gazibegovic, Ghada Badawy, Diana Car, Paul A. Crowell, Erik P.A.M. Bakkers, Vlad S. Pribiag, Spin transport in ferromagnet-InSb nanowire quantum devices, Nano Letters 20, 3232 (2020)

Gino V. Graziano, Joon Sue Lee, Mihir Pendharkar, Chris Palmstrøm, Vlad S. Pribiag, Transport Studies in a Gate-Tunable Three-Terminal Josephson Junction, Phys. Rev. B 101, 054510 (2020)

Benjamin L. Greenberg, Zachary L. Robinson, Yilikal Ayino, Jacob T. Held, Timothy A. Peterson, K. Andre Mkhoyan, Vlad S. Pribiag, Eray S. Aydil, Uwe R. Kortshagen, Metal-Insulator Transition in a Semiconductor Nanocrystal Network, Science Advances 5, eaaw1462 (2019)

Xinxin Cai, Yilikal Ayino, Jin Yue, Peng Xu, Bharat Jalan, Vlad S. Pribiag, Disentangling spin-orbit coupling and local magnetism in a quasi-2D electron system, Phys. Rev. B 100, 081402(R) (2019)

Yilikal Ayino, Peng Xu, Juan Tigre-Lazo, Jin Yue, Bharat Jalan, and Vlad S. Pribiag, Ferromagnetism and spin-dependent transport at a complex oxide interface, Phys. Rev. Materials 2, 031401(R) (2018)

V.S. Pribiag, A twist on the Majorana fermion, Science 357, 252 (2017)

Peng Xu, Yilikal Ayino, Christopher Cheng, Vlad S. Pribiag, Ryan B. Comes, Peter V. Sushko, Scott A. Chambers, and Bharat Jalan, Predictive Control over Charge Density in the Two-Dimensional Electron Gas at the Polar-Nonpolar NdTiO3/SrTiO3 Interface, Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 106803 (2016) [abstract]

Vlad S. Pribiag, Arjan J. A. Beukman, Fanming Qu, Maja C. Cassidy, Christophe Charpentier, Werner Wegscheider, and L. P. Kouwenhoven, Edge Mode Superconductivity in a Two Dimensional Topological Insulator, Nature Nanotechnology 10, 593-596 (2015) [abstract]

I. van Weperen, B. Tarasinski, D. Eeltink, V. S. Pribiag, S. R. Plissard, E. P. A. M. Bakkers, L. P. Kouwenhoven, and M. Wimmer, Spin-orbit interaction in InSb nanowires, Phys. Rev. B 91, 201413(R) (2015)

Wei Yi, Andrey A. Kiselev, Jacob Thorp, Ramsey Noah, Binh-Minh Nguyen, Steven Bui, Rajesh D. Rajavel, Tahir Hussain, Mark F. Gyure, Philip Kratz, Qi Qian, Michael J. Manfra, Vlad S. Pribiag, Leo P. Kouwenhoven, Charles M. Marcus, and Marko Sokolich, Gate-tunable high mobility remote-doped InSb/In1−xAlxSb quantum well heterostructures, Applied Physics Letters 106, 142103 (2015)

O. J. Lee, P. M. Braganca, V. S. Pribiag, D. C. Ralph, and R. A. Buhrman, Quasilinear spin-torque nano-oscillator via enhanced negative feedback of power fluctuations, Phys. Rev. B 88, 224411 (2013)

V. S. Pribiag, S. Nadj-Perge, S. M. Frolov, J. van den Berg, I. van Weperen, S. R. Plissard, E. P. A. M. Bakkers, and L. P. Kouwenhoven, Electrical control of single hole spins in nanowire quantum dots, Nature Nanotechnology 8, 170-174 (2013) [abstract]

J. W. G. van den Berg, S. Nadj-Perge, V. S. Pribiag, S. R. Plissard, E. P. A. M. Bakkers, S. M. Frolov, and L. P. Kouwenhoven, Fast spin-orbit qubit in an indium antimonide nanowire, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 066806 (2013)

S. M. Frolov, J. Danon, S. Nadj-Perge, K. Zuo, J. W. W. van Tilburg, V. S. Pribiag, J. W. G. van den Berg, E. P. A. M. Bakkers, and L. P. Kouwenhoven, Suppression of Zeeman Gradients by Nuclear Polarization in Double Quantum Dots, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 236805 (2012)

S. Nadj-Perge, V. S. Pribiag, J. W. G. van den Berg, K. Zuo, S. R. Plissard, E. P. A. M. Bakkers, S. M. Frolov, and L. P. Kouwenhoven, Spectroscopy of spin-orbit quantum bits in indium antimonide nanowires, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 16680 (2012) [abstract]

X. W. Yu, V. S. Pribiag, Y. Acremann, A. A. Tulapurkar, T. Tyliszczak, K. W. Chou, B. Bräuer, Z.-P. Li, O. J. Lee, P. G. Gowtham, D. C. Ralph, R. A. Buhrman, and J. Stöhr, Images of a Spin-Torque-Driven Magnetic Nano-Oscillator, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 167202 (2011)

G. Finocchio, V. S. Pribiag, L. Torres, R. A. Buhrman, and B. Azzerboni, Spin-torque driven magnetic vortex self-oscillations in perpendicular magnetic fields, Appl. Phys. Lett. 96, 102508 (2010)

V. S. Pribiag, G. Finocchio, B. J. Williams, D. C. Ralph, and R. A. Buhrman, Long-timescale fluctuations in zero-field magnetic vortex oscillations driven by dc spin-polarized current, Phys. Rev. B 80, 180411(R) (2009) [abstract]

O. J. Lee, V. S. Pribiag, P. M. Braganca, P. G. Gowtham, D. C. Ralph, and R. A. Buhrman, Ultrafast switching of a nanomagnet by a combined out-of-plane and in-plane polarized spin current pulse, Appl. Phys. Lett. 95, 012506 (2009)

V. S. Pribiag, I. N. Krivorotov, G. D. Fuchs, P. M. Braganca, O. Ozatay, J. C. Sankey, D. C. Ralph, R. A. Buhrman, Magnetic vortex oscillator driven by d.c. spin-polarized current, Nature Physics 3, 498-503 (2007)

G. D. Fuchs, J. C. Sankey, V. S. Pribiag, L. Qian, P. M. Braganca, A. G. F. Garcia, E. M. Ryan, Zhi-Pan Li, O. Ozatay, D. C. Ralph, and R. A. Buhrman, Spin-torque ferromagnetic resonance measurements of damping in nanomagnets, Appl. Phys. Lett. 91, 062507 (2007)

J. Ngai, Y.C. Tseng, F. Chen, P. Morales, D. D. Perovic, V. Pribiag, J. Y. T. Wei, Scanning tunneling spectroscopy under pulsed spin injection, Appl. Phys. Lett. 84, 1907 (2004)

Advisees & Collaborators


We are looking for a motivated postdoc to work on topological quantum devices. Contact Prof. Pribiag or apply here: https://hr.myu.umn.edu/jobs/ext/337618

Graduate students

  • Gino Graziano
  • Mohit Gupta
  • Brett Heischmidt
  • Zedong Yang


  • Michael Thomas

Former Researchers and Students

Former Postdocs:
  • Dr. Xinxin Cai (University of Rochester)

Former PhD students:
  • Yilikal Ayino (Intel)

Former Undergraduate members:
  • Kole Yu
  • Brendan King
  • Mikhail Borisov
  • Nathan Bosch
  • Wenbo Ge
  • Ryan Schmitz
  • Calvin Zachman