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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. Very recently he has been studying the electronic properties of graphene, a new two-dimensional material in which the electrons behave as massless relativistic particles, leading to bizarre, fascinating, and possible useful properties. In addition, Prof. Fertig's research includes studies of superconductivity (particularly unusual properties associated with vortex excitations) and the physics of cold atoms.

Selected Publications

  • Jianmin Sun, H.A. Fertig, and L. Brey, ``Effective Magnetic Fields in Graphene Superlattices,'' to appear in Physical Review Letters (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. Côté, 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. Côté, and A.H. MacDonald, "Skyrme Crystal in a Two-Dimensional Electron Gas", Phys. Rev. Lett. 75, 252 (1995).
  • H.A. Fertig, L. Brey, R. Côté, and A.H. MacDonald, "Charged Spin-Texture Excitations and the Hartree-Fock Approximation in the Quantum Hall Effect", Phys. Rev. B 50, 11018 (1994).