Gleb Finkelstein

Professor of Physics

Gleb Finkelstein is an experimentalist interested in physics of quantum nanostructures, such as Josephson junctions and quantum dots made of carbon nanotubes, graphene, and topological materials. These objects reveal a variety of interesting electronic properties that may form a basis for future quantum devices.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor of Physics
  • Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

Contact Information


  • B.S. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (Russia), 1991
  • Ph.D. Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel), 1998

Research Interests

My main research topic is the study of the coexistence of superconductivity and the quantum Hall effect. The highlights of this work include: the first observation of a superconducting current induced in the regime of the quantum Hall effect, realization of the quantum Hall-based SQUID, and the first observation of the chiral Andreev edge states predicted 20 years ago. The unique combination of the two of the most robust quantum states – quantum Hall effect and superconductivity – is interesting in its own right; it also promises future applications in quantum information science, e.g. for creation of topologically protected states and excitations. Other research directions of our lab include: multi-terminal Josephson junctions which we developed in ballistic graphene; thermal conductivity measurements; studies of the novel two-dimensional superconductor KTaO_3.  

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Fellow. American Physical Society. 2015
  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. National Science Foundation. 2003
  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. National Science Foundation. 2003
  • Award for excellence in graduate research. Wolf Foundation. 1998
  • Daniel Brener Memorial Prize for Ph.D. studies. Graduate School, Weizmann Institute of Science. 1996
  • Distinction Prize for M.Sc. studies. Graduate School, Weizmann Institute of Science. 1993

Courses Taught

  • PHYSICS 760: Mathematical Methods of Physics
  • PHYSICS 509: Quantum Nanophysics
  • PHYSICS 495: Thesis Independent Study
  • PHYSICS 493: Research Independent Study
  • PHYSICS 465: Quantum Mechanics II
  • PHYSICS 271L: Electronics