Carnegie Mellon University

Benjamin M. Hunt

Associate Professor
Professor of Materials Science & Engineering (Courtesy)

Condensed Matter Experiment
Wean Hall 6412

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Prof. Ben Hunt

Education & Professional Experience

PhD: Cornell University (2009)

Professional Societies:
American Physical Society

Honors and Awards:
Kaufman Young Investigator Award, 2016
DOE Early Career Research Award, 2017
Cottrell Scholar, 2019

Curriculum ViTAE

Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, 2015–
Post-doctoral Research: Columbia University, 2014–15
Post-doctoral Research: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009–14

Research Interests

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.

Recent Publications

S.C. de la Barrera et al., Tuning Ising superconductivity with layer and spin-orbit coupling in two-dimensional transition-metal dichalcogenides, Nature Comm. 9, 1427 (2018)

B.M. Hunt et al., Direct measurement of discrete valley and orbital quantum numbers in bilayer grapheneNature Comm. 8, 948 (2017)

J.D. Sanchez-Yamagishi et al.Helical edge states and fractional quantum Hall effect in a graphene electron–hole bilayerNature Nanotechnology 12, 118 (2017)

R. Garg et al., Nanowire-Mesh-Templated Growth of Out-of-Plane Three-Dimensional Fuzzy GrapheneACS Nano 11, 6301 (2017)

B.M. Hunt et al., Competing Valley, Spin, and Orbital Symmetry Breaking in Bilayer Graphene, Nature Comm. 8, 948 (2017)

J. Jang et al., Sharp Tunneling Resonance from the Vibrations of an Electronic Wigner Crystal, Nature Physics 13, 340 (2016)

J.D. Sanchez-Yamagishi et al., Helical Edge States and Fractional Quantum Hall Effect in a Graphene Electron-Hole Bilayer, Nature Nanotechnology 12, 118 (2016)

A.W. Tsen et al., Nature of the Quantum Metal in a Two-Dimensional Crystalline Superconductor, Nature Physics 12, 208 (2016)

V. Fatemi et al., Electrostatic Coupling between Two Surfaces of a Topological Insulator NanodevicePhys. Rev. Lett. 113, 206801 (2014) 

A. F. Young et al., Tunable symmetry breaking and helical edge transport in a graphene quantum spin Hall stateNature 505, 528 (2013)

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