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.

Qingrui Cao

Graduate Student
6412 Wean Hall, Pittsburgh PA, 15213


Carnegie Mellon University



Jingyi Wu

Undergraduate Student
6412 Wean Hall, Pittsburgh PA, 15213


Carnegie Mellon University
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. "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)
  3. "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)
  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, MF Graf, AV Balatsky, and JC Davis.  Science 332 (2011)
Recent Publications
  1. "Electron transport in multi-dimensional fuzzy graphene nanostructures,"  R Garg, D Gopalan, SC de la Barrera, H Hafiz, NT Nuhfer, V Viswanathan, BM Hunt, and T Cohen-Karni.  Nano Letters (2019)
  2. "Coexistence of quantum spin hall edge state and proximity-induced superconducting gap in monolayer 1T'-WTe2," F Lupke, D Waters, SC de la Barrera, M Widom, DG Mandrus, J Yan, RM Feenstra, and BM Hunt.   arXiv (2019)
  3. "Tuning Ising superconductivity with layer and spin-orbit coupling in two-dimensional transition-metal dichalcogenides." de la Barrera, Sergio C., Michael R. Sinko, Devashish P. Gopalan, Nikhil Sivadas, Kyle L. Seyler, Kenji Watanabe, Takashi Taniguchi et al. Nature Communications 9 (2018).
  4. "Proximity effect induced magnetism in graphene." Gopalan, Devashish, Joe Seifert, Amanda Haglund, David Mandrus, Marek Skowronski, and Benjamin Hunt. Bulletin of the American Physical Society (2018).
  5. Hunt, Benjamin. "Ising superconductivity and quantum metal in the two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides TaSand NbSe2." Bulletin of the American Physical Society (2018).

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