Boris Khaykovich, PhD

Research Scientist

MIT Nuclear Reactor Laboratory

NW13-242, 77 Massachusetts Ave.

Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

Phone: 617-253-2861




Research:                                                                                                                                          Links:                                                                                       

-       Neutron focusing optics

-       Neutron scattering methods in materials science

-       Surface and interface roughness

-       Biomolecular materials: cholesterol helical ribbons

-       Condensed-matter physics: superconductivity and magnetism in high-temperature cuprate superconductors

-       Magnetics vortices in type-II superconductors

MIT Nuclear Reactor Laboratory


Publications: (Google Scholar link)

Neutron optics

From x-ray telescopes to neutron scattering: Using axisymmetric mirrors to focus a neutron beam, B. Khaykovich, M. V. Guvarev, Y. Bagdasarova, B. D. Ramsey, and D. Moncton, Nucl. Instr.  Meth. A 631 (2011), pp. 98-104 (10.1016/j.nima.2010.11.110).

Structure and elastic properties of cholesterol helical ribbons

Thickness-radius relationship and spring constant of cholesterol helical ribbons. B. Khaykovich, N. Kozlova, W. Choi, A. Lomakin, C. Hossain, Y. Sung, R. Dasari, M. S. Feld, and G. B. Benedek. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 106,15663-15666 (2009) (10.1073/pnas.0907795106).

Structure of cholesterol helical ribbons and self-assembling biological springs. B. Khaykovich, C. Hossain, A. Lomakin, J. McManus, D. E. Moncton, and G. B. Benedek, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 104, 9656-9660 (2007) (10.1073/pnas.0702967104). This research is highlighted in the 2007 Annual Report of the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory.

High-temperature superconductivity and related materials

B. Khaykovich, S. Wakimoto, R. J. Birgeneau, M. A. Kastner, Y. S. Lee, P. Smeibidl, P. Vorderwisch, K. Yamada, Field-induced transition between magnetically disordered and ordered phases in underdoped La2-xSrx CuO4. Physical Review B (Rapid Communications) 71, 220508(R) (2005).

Q. Huang, B. Khaykovich, F. C. Chou, J. H. Cho, J. W. Lynn, and Y. S. Lee,  Structural transition in NaxCoO2 with x near 0.75 due to Na rearrangement. Physical Review B 70, 134115 (2003).

B. Khaykovich, R. J. Birgeneau, F. C. Chou, R. Erwin, M. A. Kastner, S. - H. Lee, Y. S. Lee, P.Smeibidl, P. Vorderwisch, S. Wakimoto, Effect of a magnetic field on long-range magnetic order in stage-4 and stage-6 superconducting La2CuO4+y. Physical Review B 67, 054501 (2003).

B. Khaykovich, Y. S. Lee, R. Erwin, S. - H. Lee, S. Wakimoto, K. J. Thomas, M. A. Kastner, R. J. Birgeneau, Enhancement of long-range magnetic order by magnetic field in superconducting La2CuO4+y. Physical Review B 66, 014528 (2002).

More: Google Scholar link


Nuclear science and engineering of neutron scattering facilities (January 2012): 5-lecture class, which covers neutron sources, neutron scattering and ray-tracing simulations of neutron-scattering instruments.

Mentoring postdocs and undergraduate students at MIT.


PhD (Physics), Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

MS (Chemical Physics), Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

St-Petersburg (Leningrad) State University, Russia



Schubert, Cello Quintet, MIT Chamber Music Society, December 2010

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Finale