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College of Arts and Sciences

Herbert A. Fertig

Herbert A. Fertig Professor
Condensed Matter Physics (Theoretical)

A.B., Princeton University, 1982.
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1988.
Postdoctoral Position: University of Maryland.

Phone: Swain West 227 (812)856-1980
Email: hfertig at

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Professor Fertig is interested in the theoretical physics of low dimensional condensed matter systems. These include the two-dimensional electron gas, which supports an amazingly broad variety of phenomena and states: the quantum Hall effect, metal-insulator transitions, electron crystals, highly correlated metals, striped states, and quantum ferromagnetism. Recently he has been studying the electronic properties of topological electron systems, as well as graphene, a new two-dimensional material in which the electrons behave as massless relativistic particles, leading to bizarre, fascinating, and possible useful properties.

Selected Publications

  • Martin Rodriguez-Vega, H.A. Fertig, and Babak Seradjeh, ``Quantum Noise Detects Floquet Topological Phases,' Phys. Rev. B (Rapid Commun.) 98, 041113 (2018).
  • Sahinur Reja, H.A. Fertig, L. Brey, and Shixiong Zhang, ``Surface Magnetism in Topological Crystalline Insulators,' Phys. Rev. B (Rapid Commun.) 96, 201111 (2017).
  • Arijit Kundu, H.A. Fertig, and Babak Seradjeh, ``Floquet-Engineered Valleytronics in Dirac Systems,' Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 016802 (2016).
  • Ganpathy Murthy, E. Shimshoni and H.A. Fertig, ``Collective Edge Modes Near the Onset of a Graphene Quantum Spin Hall State,' Phys. Rev. B (Rapid Comm.) 90, 241410 (2014).
  • Victoria Mazo, Chia-Wei Huang, Efrat Shimshoni, Sam T. Carr, and H. A. Fertig, ``Superfluid-Insulator Transition of Quantum Hall Domain Walls in Bilayer Graphene,' Phys. Rev. B (Rapid Communications) 86, 121411 (2014).
  • Chi-Ken Lu and H.A. Fertig, ``Magnetic Breakdown in Twisted Bilayer Graphene,' Phys. Rev. B 89, 085408 (2014).
  • Ganpathy Murthy, Efrat Shimshoni, R. Shankar, and H.A. Fertig, ``Quarter-Filled Honeycomb Lattice with a Quantized Hall Conductance,'Phys. Rev. B. 85, 073103 (2012).
  • Zhenghao Gu, H.A. Fertig, Daniel P. Arovas, and Assa Auerbach, ``Floquet Spectrum and Transport Through an Irradiated Graphene Ribbon,' Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 216601 (2011).
  • Jianmin Sun, H.A. Fertig, and L. Brey, ``Effective Magnetic Fields in Graphene Superlattices,' Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 156801 (2010),
  • Jianhui Wang, H.A. Fertig, and Ganpathy Murthy, ``Critical Behavior in Graphene with Coulomb Interactions,' Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 186401 (2010).
  • L. Brey and H.A. Fertig, ``Emerging Zero Modes for Graphene in a Periodic Potential,' Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 046809 (2009).
  • E. Shimshoni, H.A. Fertig, and G. Venketeswara Pai, ``Onset of an Insulating Zero-Plateau Quantum Hall State in Graphene,' Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 206408 (2009).
  • Y. Kraus, A. Auerbach, H.A. Fertig, and S.H. Simon, ``Observing Majorana Zero Modes in a $p_x+ip_y$ Superconductor at High Temperature by Tunneling Spectroscopy,' Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 267002 (2008).
  • A. Iyengar, T. Luo, H.A. Fertig, L. Brey, ``Conductance Through Graphene Bends and Polygons,'Phys. Rev. B 78, 235411 (2008).
  • A.P. Iyengar, Jianhui Wang, H.A. Fertig, and L. Brey, ``Excitations from Filled Landau Levels in Graphene,' Phys. Rev. B 75, 125430 (2007).
  • C.H. Zhang and H.A. Fertig, ``Collective Modes of a Two-Component Bose Condensate at Finite Temperature,' Phys. Rev. A 75, 013601 (2007).
  • Luis Brey and H.A. Fertig, ``Electronic States of Graphene Nanoribbons,' Phys. Rev. B 73 235411 (2006).
  • H.A. Fertig and Ganpathy Murthy, ``Coherence Network in the Quantum Hall Bilayer,' Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 156802 (2005).
  • D.J. Priour and H.A. Fertig, "Vortex States of a Superconducting Film from a Magnetic Dot Array", Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 057003 (2004).
  • Mei-Rong Li, H.A. Fertig, R. C�t�, and Hangmo Yi, "Quantum Depinning Transition of Quantum Hall Stripes ", Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 186804 (2004).
  • H.A. Fertig, "Spinning Holes in Semiconductors", Science 301, 1335 (2003).
  • H.A. Fertig, "Deconfinement in the Two Dimensional XY Model", Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 035703 (2002).
  • M.C. Cha and H.A. Fertig, "Peak Effect and the Transition from Elastic to Plastic Depinning", Phys. Rev. Lett. 80, 3851 (1998).
  • H.A. Fertig, "Properties of the Electron Solid", in Perspectives in Quantum Hall Effects, eds. S. Das Sarma and A. Pinczuk (Wiley, New York, 1997).
  • L. Brey, H.A. Fertig, R. C�t�, and A.H. MacDonald, "Skyrme Crystal in a Two-Dimensional Electron Gas", Phys. Rev. Lett. 75, 252 (1995).
  • H.A. Fertig, L. Brey, R. C�t�, and A.H. MacDonald, "Charged Spin-Texture Excitations and the Hartree-Fock Approximation in the Quantum Hall Effect", Phys. Rev. B 50, 11018 (1994).