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A breakthrough in local, on-demand X-ray synchrotron light

Lyncean CLS
The Lyncean CLS assembled at Lyncean Technologies’ former headquarters in Palo Alto, CA

The Lyncean Compact Light Source (CLS) is a breakthrough technology that addresses the increasing demand for access to high quality X-rays by offering the possibility of a synchrotron beamline for home laboratory applications. The Lyncean CLS X-ray beam shares some favorable features of synchrotron light – a continuously tunable energy spectrum and high spatial coherence – combined with some unique attributes such as intrinsically narrow bandwidth (few %) and a moderate (few milliradian) diverging cone beam. The highly peaked spectrum provides an extremely low-noise background compared to both conventional sources and many synchrotron beamlines. The cone beam divergence is small enough to be efficiently focused with x-ray optics yet large enough to provide a nearly uniform area beam by letting the native beam drift several meters. The Lyncean CLS X-rays provide powerful probes to reveal a range of physical structure down to the atomic scale. The Lyncean CLS is useful across many disciplines of X-ray science, including materials, nanotechnology, structural biology, medical sciences, semiconductor metrology, pharmaceutical development, and other chemical and physical sciences. The Lyncean CLS provides scientists with access to local, on-demand synchrotron light, allowing for an unprecedented new level of productivity.

The Lyncean CLS miniature synchrotron source allows for energy and scale reduction by a factor of 200


The Lyncean CLS development builds on the U.S. investment in large synchrotrons, but with a new technology that allows the source to be very compact. Conventional synchrotron light sources employ multi-GeV electron beams that are stored in large rings of magnets to generate intense, bright, 1 Å wavelength radiation. The Lyncean CLS employs an electron beam and laser beam to accomplish the same effect. The shift from periodic magnets used in a typical synchrotron light source, to the laser beam used in the Lyncean CLS, allows a reduction of energy and scale by a factor 200 – a stadium size machine becomes a room size machine!

Enabling the future of laboratory X-ray diffraction, phase contrast CT imaging, spectroscopy and fluorescence analysis

The Lyncean CLS is a small tunable X-ray source that can fit into a typical experimenter’s laboratory and can be used in much the same way as an X-ray beamline at a large synchrotron facility. X-ray scientists at synchrotron laboratories around the world have developed a vast array of applications over several decades, many of which cannot be exploited using conventional sources, but can be performed by the Lyncean CLS. By opening access to these powerful x-ray applications, the Lyncean CLS enables new avenues of discovery to a broad range of researchers.


Enabling local laboratory protein crystallography, micro-tomography, dark field microscopy, CD-SAXS and more

The CXS assembled at the headquarters of Lyncean Technologies, Inc. in Fremont, CA

The Compact X-Ray Station (CXS) is a crystallography endstation and X-ray optics developed for use with the Lyncean Compact Light Source.

The X-ray optics consists of a K-B system of multilayer optics specifically designed by Lyncean to re-image the X-ray source size (crystallography applications, powder diffraction, small angle scattering, or other focused beam applications.

The endstation is a mini-hutch that may be configured for different applications.  For diffraction experiments, a commercial diffractometer and X-ray detector may be installed (shown is a marresearch dtb). For imaging research applications or other scientific use, the endstation may be configured with a general purpose optical breadboard. The endstation itself has kinematic mounts and motorized alignment to quickly change configurations over a wide range of use.


The most advanced Gamma-ray source in the world

The Lyncean Compact Gamma-ray Source (CGS) is the first commercially available high flux, highly monochromatic, energy tunable, collimated gamma-ray source. The system utilizes a high energy electron storage ring combined with a power-enhancement optical cavity to produce gamma-rays via inverse Compton scattering. The resulting beam is ideal for research in fundamental physics, nuclear physics and astrophysics, as well as applied research in material science, nuclear material detection and life sciences.

CLS Brochure ThumbnailInverse Compton scattering: a relativistic electron transfers energy to a low energy photon, shifting the resulting backscattered photon into the gamma-ray regime
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The gamma-ray energy of the CGS is continuously tunable by changing the electron energy in the storage ring and using two different wavelength laser cavities.

Animation of the CGS operating principle. Electron bunches (yellow) circulate in the storage ring. Pulses of laser photons (green) are stored in the 4-mirror bow-tie optical cavity (top left). Electrons and photons collide at the interaction point and generate gamma-rays (purple).
The CGS is targeted to achieve an order of magnitude higher gamma-ray flux and at least a factor of two smaller bandwidth, or energy spread, than the current state of the art, making it the most advanced gamma-ray source in the world. It will generate gamma-ray energies up to 19.5 MeV.

The October 4, 2019 signing of a € 49M contract between Lyncean Technologies and the “Horia Hulubei” National Institute for Research and Development in Physics and Nuclear Engineering (IFIN-HH) in Romania marked the start of a 3-year program to build a Variable Energy Gamma-ray (VEGA) System which will be the first offering of Lyncean’s CGS product line.

Details and updates about the CGS will be posted as they are made public.

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