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Lyle Levine

Current Research Interests:

  • Origins of the mechanical properties of bulk and nanoscale metals
    Dislocation structure evolution (statistical physics theory), stresses in dislocation structures (X-ray microbeam experiments, theory, modeling), slip band evolution (in situ atomic force microscopy), nanoindentation multiscale modeling (finite element and classical atomistic), nanowire deformation (classical atomistic and quantum simulations).
  • Synchrotron X-ray scattering and diffraction:
    Ultra-small-angle X-ray scattering (USAXS) from dislocation structures (experiment and theory), co-developer of USAXS imaging which is available for general users at the Advanced Photon Source, spatially resolved stress measurements using depth resolved sub-micrometer X-ray beams

Activities Organized:

  • Founded the Dislocations Conference Series (2000), permanent member of international organizing committee.
  • Plasticity Conference Symposia (2003, 2005)
  • MRS Symposia (2001, 2003, 2004, 2006)
  • TMS Symposia (2007)
  • APS Focus Sessions (1997, 1998)
  • Workshops and Short Courses (2 in 1998, 2 in 2006)


NIST Allen V. Astin Measurement Science Award (2004)
For advancements in the measurement of dynamic material properties, leading to the first ever stress-strain measurements at high strain-rate and heating-rate

NIST Outputs:

  • Invited talks: 77
  • Books edited: 3
  • Review chapters: 2
  • Road maps: 2


Materials Research

Employment History:

1997 – present: Staff Position, Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory, NIST

  • Project Leader, Fundamentals of Deformation (1997-present)
  • Program Leader, Forming of Lightweight Materials (2001 - 2007)
  • Project Leader, Ballistic Performance of Frangible Bullets and Protective Gear (2004 - 2007)

1995 – 1997: Research Associate at Washington State University, working as NIST Guest Scientist 

  • Fundamentals of deformation
  • USAXS from dislocation structures

1993 – 1995: Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics at Washington University in St. Louis

  • Quasicrystals (transmission electron microscopy)

 1991 – 1993: Postdoctoral Position, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center

  • Developed in situ ultra-high vacuum, scanning tunneling microscopy of electromigration processes



Ph.D. Physics, Washington University, St. Louis, 1990

M.A. Physics, Washington University, St. Louis, 19887  

B.S. Physics, California Institute of Technology, 1983


Phone: 301-975-6032
Email: lyle.levine@nist.gov
Fax: 301-975-4553