Lyncean Technologies, Inc. located in Fremont, California, was founded in 2001 to develop the Compact Light Source (CLS), a miniature synchrotron x-ray source based on research performed at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University.
Unlike stadium-sized synchrotron radiation sources that require a highly technical support staff, the CLS fits in a typical laboratory space and is designed to be operated directly by academic or industrial end-users.
The first commercial Lyncean CLS, installed at the Munich School of BioEngineering on the campus of The Technical University of Munich, has been in continuous operation since April 2015.
Lyncean’s newest development is a novel EUV source based on coherent photon generation in a compact electron storage ring, specifically designed for high volume manufacturing semiconductor lithography.
Michael Feser, Ph.D. is Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors at Lyncean Technologies, Inc. He received his doctoral degree in Physics in 2002 from Stony Brook University, NY for the development of phase contrast scanning microscopy using segmented detectors. He developed and applied his entrepreneurial skills during his 13 year tenure at Xradia Inc., which he helped grow from the start-up phase as part of the executive team to a mid-sized company followed by a successful buyout by Carl Zeiss Inc. in 2013. In February 2016 he left ZEISS and joined Lyncean in the role of Chief Executive Officer to apply both his executive leadership and management skills as well as his x-ray technology insight to the commercialization of the Compact Light Source (CLS). Dr. Feser is an expert in x-ray applications and in particular x-ray imaging, x-ray optics and x-ray detectors. He serves as the chairman of the Werner-Meyer-Ilse Award committee at the bi-annual international X-ray Microscopy Meeting (XRM) and authored 16 x-ray technology patents and numerous scientific publications.
Rod Loewen, Ph.D. is CTO and a Founder of Lyncean Technologies, Inc. As a former Engineering Physicist at the SLAC National Laboratory, he worked on RF/microwave components for advanced X band accelerators, control systems for automated testing, and electromagnetic modeling software. Returning to Stanford University for graduate work, Rod pursued development of pulsed, high-power optical cavities involving solid state lasers, optical cavity design, and hardware feedback systems. Motivated by a collaborative project with Stanford business school students doing a case study for the development and commercialization of an advanced x-ray source coupling an optical cavity with an electron storage ring, he brought the business idea for Lyncean to life. At Lyncean he was responsible in the development phase for the laser optical system and now oversees all aspects of technology development and technology leadership at Lyncean. Personally he enjoys wrangling all kinds of photons – from RF to IR to X-rays – which all play a major role in the Compact Light Source.
Ronald Ruth, Ph.D. is President and Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Science Officer at Lyncean Technologies, Inc. He is Professor Emeritus at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University and is an expert on particle accelerators and the author of numerous publications about particle beam physics and accelerator technology. His research at SLAC concerns the development of new concepts for particle acceleration and beam manipulation for application to both high-energy accelerators and free-electron lasers. During the mid 90’s he led the development of the Next Linear Collider Test Accelerator, a test bed for x-band acceleration technology for future high-energy accelerators. The concept for the Lyncean Compact Light Source is a spin off from basic research performed by Professor Ruth and Dr. Zhirong Huang into a new electron damping mechanism called radiative laser cooling. Professor Ruth has been on review committees for many national laboratories. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and is a former member of the APS Council representing the Division of Physics of Beams.
Jack Kasahara is Vice President of Business Development at Lyncean Technologies, Inc. He received a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering in 1982 from the University of California at Davis. Most of Jack’s career was spent in the semiconductor industry where he gained experience as a wafer fab process engineer, a product marketing manager at AZ Photoresist, and as a sales director at Semiconductor Systems, Inc., FSI International, and Tegal Corporation. During his four year stay at Arch Chemical’s Microelectronic Division, he rose through the sales ranks from Asia Sales Manager to Worldwide Director of Sales, responsible for managing a $160M sales budget. Most recently he was an integral member of the Xradia, Inc. sales team that grew sales 400% over a five year period, culminating in the successful acquisition of Xradia, Inc. by Carl Zeiss Inc. in 2013. At Lyncean, he will draw from his 2 decades of technical, marketing and sales experience in the lithography arena to lead the business development efforts for Lyncean’s Compact EUV Source, while identifying applications that will drive future sales of the Lyncean Compact Light Source (CLS).
Lon Ensler is CFO at Lyncean Technologies, Inc. He specializes in creating a financial infrastructure, positioning for high growth and M&A with over 20 years of senior finance and operations experience in high-tech manufacturing. Most recently, he has been CFO of EchoPixel, a high-tech venture-backed startup. Previously he was CFO of Xradia, where he was instrumental in the sale of the company to Carl Zeiss. Prior to Xradia he served in executive positions with Activant Solutions, ADAC Labs, Loral and Textron.
Chris Juan is the Director of Operations at Lyncean Technologies, Inc. He received a B.S. in Life Science (pre-med) and a minor in Business from the University of Portland. Chris spent his early professional years recruiting engineers and executives for the high-tech industry. In 2009 Chris joined Lyncean technologies and has since gained expertise in the manufacturing and fabrication of accelerator, storage ring and laser cavity assemblies. From 2014 to 2015 Chris led the successful on-time delivery and commissioning of the first Lyncean Compact Light Source product to Garching, Germany. Chris also spent time at Stanford Linear Accelerator working on the Linac Coherent Light Source II project, helping coordinate and manage the fabrication of more than fifty complex assemblies located at various points throughout the beamline.
Jay Chen, Ph.D. is VP Engineering at Lyncean Technologies, Inc. He received his doctoral degree in Physics in 1990 from Colorado State University. Most of his career has been in the semiconductor equipment industry with focus on metrology technologies and products. He started at Thermawave in 1994 as a scientist and grew into a program/project manager, helping develop the highly successful Opti-Probe product line. He joined KLA-Tencor’s FAST division in 2003, managing the System Engineering team. His effort was instrumental for the development of the Aleris product line which was a huge success. All major semiconductor fabs adopted it for their metrology applications including thin film and CD (Critical Dimension). Afterwards, he moved on to ASML Brion division in 2012, built and managed the system engineering group for the development of application products to optimize patterning performance of DUV and EUV lithography systems. He brings 20+ years of capital equipment development experience to lead the Lyncean engineering team for the development of the most advanced EUV source for Lithography applications, the Compact EUV Source (CES).
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