Carnegie Mellon University

Benjamin Hunt

Benjamin Hunt

Assistant Professor, Physics




Ph.D., Cornell University


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.


  • Valla Fatemi et al., Electrostatic Coupling between Two Surfaces of a Topological Insulator Nanodevice,Physical Review Letters 113, 206801 (2014)
  • A. F. Young, J. D. Sanchez-Yamagishi, B. Hunt, S. H. Choi, K. Watanabe, T. Taniguchi, R. C. Ashoori, P. Jarillo-Herrero, Tunable symmetry breaking and helical edge transport in a graphene quantum spin Hall stateNature 505, 528 (2013)
  • B. Hunt et al., Massive Dirac Fermions and Hofstadter Butterfly in a van der Waals Heterostructure,Science 340, 1427 (2013)
  • E. J. Pratt, B. Hunt, V. Gadagkar, M. Yamashita, M. J. Graf, A. V. Balatsky, J. C. Davis, Interplay of Rotational, Relaxational, and Shear Dynamics in Solid 4HeScience 332, 821 (2011)
  • B. Hunt, E. Pratt, V. Gadagkar, M. Yamashita, A. V. Balatsky, J. C. Davis, Evidence for a Superglass State in Solid 4HeScience 324, 632 (2009)