Experimental and Computational Micro-Characterization Techniques in Wood Mechanics

Research Institute


The Semiconductor Physics Institute (SPI) was founded in 1967 as a scientific research institute of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences. For a long time thereafter, it was very narrowly oriented towards the research of a limited number of very special fields of semiconductors and accompanying technology. Among these were experimental and theoretical investigations of hot electrons in semiconductors, optical phenomena in solids and the design and fabrication of specialized microcircuits and sensors by means of silicon planar technology. When Lithuania became independent in 1991, SPI was reorganized and officially designated as an independent State Research Institute. The Semiconductor Physics Institute's present interests are mainly concentrated on the following areas:

  • material science and nanotechnology;
  • ultrafast processes in semiconductors and superconductors;
  • terahertz technology;
  • metrology and the development of National Standards.

The SPI has also greatly increased its contacts and co-operation with European research institutions. In 2002 the SPI was recognized as a European Centre of Excellence PRAMA in the fields of Processing, Research and Application of Advanced Materials. Institute scientists actively participate in Europe Union 6th Framework Programme on research and technological development. SPI scientists are partners of the SINANO Network of Excellence "Silicon Based Nanodevices", the co-operation grant ULSYS "Ultimate Pressure Dressing System for the Management of Venous Ulcers", INCO grant NENNET "High Quality Research Network on Nanosciences, Material and Energy Research in Lithuania". SPI was awarded two grants from the NATO Science for Peace Programme: "Terahertz Radiation Systems" and "Development of Very-Broad-Frequency-Band Detectors of Electromagnetic Radiation".


Scanning millimeter wave microscope. Universal probe microscope (VEECO)