The J. Bennett Johnston, Sr., Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices (CAMD), is named for the father of its congressional sponsor, Senator J. Bennett Johnston, Jr. of Louisiana.
CAMD is a synchrotron radiation research center at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. The mission of CAMD is to provide infrastructure for research and education in synchrotron-based science and technology. The facility was built with a $25-million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and is currently operating with an annual state-provided budget of $4 million. The heart of the facility is a 1.5 GeV electron storage ring that was built exclusively to provide synchrotron radiation. Research in basic sciences and microfabrication is conducted by scientist and engineers from Louisiana universities, along with distinguished scientists from national and international institutions.
CAMD is the only state-funded synchrotron facility in the U.S. The spirit of the state appropriation is that LSU operate CAMD to benefit researchers in Louisiana in the areas of basic and applied sciences, particularly in developing technologies associated with microstructures and devices. By providing X-rays and equipment, as well as a principal part of the technological expertise, CAMD forms a nucleus for the development of strong programs in microfabrication, materials science and other targeted areas of scientific and technological exploration. This nucleus attracts scientists and engineers from Louisiana, across the U.S. and nations around the world. These individuals, along with the CAMD staff, provide the base of expertise necessary for technological development.