About our Founders

Ron RuthRonald Ruth, Ph.D., is Chairman of the Board of Directors at Lyncean Technologies, Inc. and a consultant to the company on all aspects of the Compact Light Source. He is a full-time professor at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University. Professor Ruth 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 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.


Jeff Rifkin, M.S., was Vice President and General Manager at Lyncean Technologies, Inc. from 2002 through 2010. He successfully led the engineering development of the CLS and was principal investigator on the CLS grants throughout his tenure. His experience in project management in both industry and at the SLAC National Laboratory helped to launch the CLS and related beam line instrumentation such as the Compact X-ray Station (CXS) and the Comprehensive High Resolution Imaging System (CHRIS). His core principles of design manufacturability and reliability are characteristics that remain an integral part of the culture at Lyncean Technologies, Inc.

Rod LoewenRod Loewen, Ph.D., is an Accelerator/Laser Physicist at Lyncean Technologies, Inc. He worked for many years at SLAC as an Engineering Physicist and came to Lyncean Technologies after completing his Ph.D. in Physics at Stanford University. Dr. Loewen's dissertation research, applying the previous work of Professor Ruth and Dr. Huang, was a design and feasibility study of a laser-electron storage ring, capable of generating hard X-rays. Dr. Loewen's scientific background encompasses microwave theory and applications, experimental methods, and software data acquisition and control. He is an author, or co-author, of more than twenty-five SLAC publications related to x-band RF components, accelerator structures, and beam instrumentation for next generation electron linear colliders. During his Ph.D. research he developed additional expertise in laser technologies, feedback, and control systems relevant to laser-electron beam interactions. At Lyncean, Dr. Loewen continues to advance state-of-the-art development in storing high-power optical pulses in low-loss cavities.