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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)


CHESS: The Future Direct Geometry Spectrometer at the Second Target Station

G. Sala, M. Mourigal, C. Boone, Nicholas Butch, A. Christianson, O. Delaire, A. J. DeSantis, C. L. Hart, R. Hermann, T. Huegle, D. N. Kent, J. Y. Lin, M. Lumsden, M. Manley, D. G. Quirinale, M. B. Stone, Y. Z.
CHESS is a planned direct geometry neutron chopper spectrometer designed to detect and analyze weak signals intrinsic to small cross-sections (e.g., small mass

Phase Diagram of YbZnGaO4 in Applied Magnetic Field

William Steinhardt, P. A. Maksimov, Sachith Dissanayake, Zhenzhong Shi, Nicholas Butch, David Graf, Andrey Podlesnyak, Yaohua Liu, Yang Zhao, Guangyong Xu, Jeffrey Lynn, Casey Marjerrison, A. L. Chernyshev, Sara Haravifard
Recently, Yb-based triangular lattice antiferromagnets have garnered significant interest as possible quantum spin liquid candidates. One example is YbMgGaO4

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. A. 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
Created May 31, 2018, Updated December 8, 2022