Benjamin Hunt

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Department of Physics, Carnegie Mellon University
Ph.D., Physics, Cornell University, 2009

I am broadly interested in condensed-matter physics, but particularly in the way that electrons behave when they are subjected to extreme conditions such as ultra-low temperatures and high magnetic fields. Under such conditions, electrons can display striking collective quantum behavior such as superconductivity, fractionalization of charge, and crystallization. Currently, we are investigating phenomena such as these by studying:

  • The physics of low-dimensional structures, especially “van der Waals heterostructures” of two-dimensional crystals (the most familiar of which is graphene), which we build in the lab and then fashion into mesoscopic devices using nanofabrication techniques, and
  • A variety of methods for probing these mesoscopic devices, such as electronic transport, capacitance, tunneling spectroscopy, and shot noise.
Most Cited Publications: 
  1. "Massive Dirac Fermions and Hofstadter Butterfly in a van der Waals Heterostructure," B Hunt, JD Sanchez-Yamagishi, AF Young, M Yankowitz, Brian J LeRoy, K Watanabe, T Taniguchi, P Moon, M Koshino, P Jarillo-Herrero, RC Ashoori, Science 340, 1427 (2013)
  2. "Evidence for a Superglass State in Solid 4He," B. Hunt, E. Pratt, V. Gadagkar, M. Yamashita, A. V. Balatsky, J. C. Davis, Science 324, 632 (2009)
  3. "Tunable symmetry breaking and helical edge transport in a graphene quantum spin Hall state,"A. F. Young, J. D. Sanchez-Yamagishi,  B. Hunt, S. H. Choi, K. Watanabe, T. Taniguchi, R. C. Ashoori & P. Jarillo-Herrero, Nature 505, 528 (2014)
  4. "Nature of the quantum metal in a two-dimensional crystalline superconductor," A. W. Tsen, B. Hunt, Y. D. Kim, Z. J. Yuan, S. Jia, R. J. Cava, J. Hone, P. Kim, C. R. Dean & A. N. Pasupathy, Nature Physics 12, 208 (2016)
  5. "Interplay of Rotational, Relaxational, and Shear Dynamics in Solid 4He," EJ Pratt, B Hunt, V Gadagkar, M Yamashita, MJ Graf, AV Balatsky, JC Davis, Science 332, 821 (2011)
Recent Publications: 
  1. "Direct measurement of discrete valley and orbital quantum numbers in bilayer graphene," Hunt BM, Li JIA, Zibrov AA, Wang L, Taniguchi T, Watanabe K, Hone J, Dean CR, Zaletel M, Ashoori RC, Young AF, Nature Communication 8, 948, (2017)
  2. "Nanowire-Mesh Templated Growth of Out-of-Plane Three-Dimensional Fuzzy Graphene," Raghav Garg, Sahil Kumar Rastogi, Michael Lamparski, Sergio de la Barrera, Gordon T Pace, Noel T. Nuhfer, Benjamin Matthew Hunt, Vincent Meunier, and Tzahi Cohen-Karni, ACS Nano 11, 6301 (2017)
  3. "Helical edge states and fractional quantum Hall effect in a graphene electron–hole bilayer," Javier D. Sanchez-Yamagishi, Jason Y. Luo, Andrea F. Young, Benjamin M. Hunt, Kenji Watanabe, Takashi Taniguchi, Raymond C. Ashoori & Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, Nature Nanotechnology 12, 118 (2017)
  4. "Sharp tunnelling resonance from the vibrations of an electronic Wigner crystal," Joonho Jang, Benjamin M. Hunt, Loren N. Pfeiffer, Kenneth W. West & Raymond C. Ashoori, Nature Physics 13, 340 
  5. "Competing valley, spin, and orbital symmetry breaking in bilayer graphene," B.M. Hunt, J.I.A. Li, A.A. Zibrov, L. Wang, T. Taniguchi, K. Watanabe, J. Hone, C. R. Dean, M. Zaletel, R.C. Ashoori, A.F. Young, arXiv:1607.06461

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