Benjamin Hunt

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.
Namesort descending Position Email Joined
Cao, Qingrui Graduate Student 2 months ago
de la Barrera, Sergio Postdoctoral Fellow
Drucker, Nathan Undergraduate Student 2 months ago
Gopalan, Devashish Graduate Student 5 years ago
Lazareva, Elena Undergraduate Student 2 months ago
Seifert, Joe Graduate Student 2 months ago
Sinko, Michael Graduate Student 4 years ago
Wu, Jingyi Undergraduate Student 2 months ago
Ye, Andrew Undergraduate Student 2 months ago
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," 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, 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. "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)

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