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Nicholas Butch (Fed)

Nicholas P. Butch

At the NCNR, I am an instrument contact for NG-4 DCS. I primarily support experiments involving unconventional magnetism and what might be generally termed hard condensed matter physics. If you are thinking of doing a measurement on DCS, you are encouraged to contact me before proposal submission to discuss experimental details.

For more information about my personal research, please visit the NPB homepage.

Positions Available

Recent or upcoming PhD graduates who are interested in postdoctoral research focusing on novel superconductivity, magnetism, and/or quantum phase transitions through a variety of techniques ranging from sample synthesis to neutron scattering are invited to apply for a NRC postdocdoral fellowship.

For more details, please contact nicholas.butch [at] (Dr. Butch).

NIST contact info

Dr. Nicholas Butch
NIST Center for Neutron Research
100 Bureau Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-6102

(301) 975 - 4863 

nicholas.butch [at] 


Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2017)

NIST Sigma Xi Katharine B. Gebbie Young Scientist Award (2016)


Interplay between Magnetism and Superconductivity in UTe2

Di Wei, David Saykin, Oliver Miller, Sheng Ran, Shanta Saha, Daniel Agterberg, Jorg Schmalian, Nicholas Butch, Johnpierre N. Paglione, Aharon Kapitulnik
Time-reversal symmetry breaking (TRSB) in UTe2 was inferred from observations of a spontaneous Kerr response in the superconducting state after cooling in zero

The case for a U(1)π Quantum Spin Liquid Ground State in the Dipole-Octupole Pyrochlore Ce2Zr2O7

E. Smith, O. Benton, D. Yahne, B. Placke, Jonathan Gaudet, J. Dudemaine, A. Fitterman, J. Beare, A. Wildes, S. Bhattacharya, T. DeLazzer, C.R.C. Buhariwalla, Nicholas Butch, R. Movshovich, J. Garrett, C. Marjerrison, J. Clancy, E. Kermarrec, G. Luke, A. Bianchi, K. Ross, B. Gaulin
The Ce3+ pseudospin-1/2 degrees of freedom in the pyrochlore magnet Ce2Zr2O7 are known to possess dipole-octupole (DO) character, making it a candidate for

Evolution of Magnetic Interactions in Sb-Substituted MnBi2Te4

S. Riberolles, Q. Zhang, Elijah Gordon, Nicholas Butch, Liqin Ke, J.-Q. Yan, R. McQueeney
The Mn(Bi1−xSbx)2Te4 series is purported to span from antiferromagnetic (AF) topological insulator at x = 0 to a trivial AF insulator at x = 1. Here we report
Created May 31, 2018, Updated June 15, 2021