Materials Characterization with Synchrotron Radiations

Dual Degree Program in Physics

Materials Characterization with Synchrotron Radiations

The Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices (CAMD) is the largest experimental research facility at LSU. The centerpiece of the CAMD facility is a normal-conducting electron storage ring (1.2 GeV) optimized for the production of soft X-rays. It is one of only eight synchrotrons in the US and the only state-funded facility. Employing eight bending magnets and superconducting wiggler(s), monochromized photons from far-IR to hard x-rays (100 keV) are directed through beamlines into various experimental endstations. Using a number of unique photon- and electron-based spectroscopies, such as EXAFS, XANES, high-resolution ARPES, element specific electronic, magnetic, structural properties of a variety of materials are explored with unprecedented ability.

CAMD's scientific and R&D are focused in a number of targeted areas:

  • Energy materials science, electronic structure and catalysis
  • Environmental chemical speciation, reactivities
  • Medical/Biomedical protein crystallography, imaging, therapy
  • Microfabrication microfluidics, lab-on-a-chip

This dual-degree program welcomes new graduate students to participate in synchrotron-based experimental research. Assistantship and scholarship are available. Students will have access to a spectrum of advanced research equipment and work with one of the leading groups in this rapidly emerging field. For more information, contact Profs. Phil Sprunger (, Shane Stadler (, or Richard Kurtz (