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Larry Robins

Research Interests:

Measurements of mechanical stress and strain at the 10 nm to 100 nm length scale by nano-optical techniques such as tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy; optical and mechanical properties of semiconductor nanowires and related low-dimensional nanostructures in the SiGe, AlGaInN, and ZnO materials systems; optical characterization of defects and impurities in semiconductor nanostructures; applications of optoelectronic materials in sustainable technologies for energy generation and efficiency, including solid-state lighting and photovoltaics


Professional Affiliations:

American Physical Society

Materials Research Society


Professional Activities:

Photovoltaics technical area coordinator

Contributor to AlGaAs compound semiconductor composition standard (SRM 2841)




Materials Reliability Division
Nanoscale Reliability Group

Employment History:

2007 to present: Physicist, Materials Reliability Division, NIST, Boulder, CO

1987 to 2007: Physicist, Ceramics Division, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD


Ph.D., Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1986

B.S., Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1979


Phone: 303-497-6794
Fax: 303-497-5030