Patents Represented by Attorney Eddie E. Scott
  • Patent number: 8339580
    Abstract: A countermeasure system for use by a target to protect against an incoming sensor-guided threat. The system includes a laser system for producing a broadband beam and means for directing the broadband beam from the target to the threat. The countermeasure system comprises the steps of producing a broadband beam and directing the broad band beam from the target to blind or confuse the incoming sensor-guided threat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Brent C. Stuart, Lloyd A. Hackel, Mark R. Hermann, James P. Armstrong
  • Patent number: 8339600
    Abstract: A catadioptric dual waveband imaging spectrometer that covers the visible through short-wave infrared, and the midwave infrared spectral regions, dispersing the visible through shortwave infrared with a zinc selenide grating and midwave infrared with a sapphire prism. The grating and prism are at the cold stop position, enabling the pupil to be split between them. The spectra for both wavebands are focused onto the relevant sections of a single dual waveband detector. Spatial keystone distortion is controlled to less than one tenth of a pixel over the full wavelength range, facilitating the matching of the spectra in the midwave infrared with the shorter wavelength region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventor: Michael P. Chrisp
  • Patent number: 8338166
    Abstract: A system for identifying all of the known and unknown pathogenic or non-pathogenic organisms in a sample. A droplet generator creates droplets from the sample. The droplets constitute sub-nanoliter volume reactors containing the organism sized particles. A lysis device performs lysis of the organisms to release the nucleic acids. An amplifier amplifies the nucleic acids. A fractionater releases the nucleic acids from the droplets. A parallel analyzer identifies all of the known and unknown pathogenic or non-pathogenic organisms in the sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Neil R. Beer, Benjamin J. Hindson, Billy W. Colson, Jr., Joseph P. Fitch
  • Patent number: 8293535
    Abstract: A bio-threat simulant that includes a carrier and DNA encapsulated in the carrier. Also a method of making a simulant including the steps of providing a carrier and encapsulating DNA in the carrier to produce the bio-threat simulant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventors: George Roy Farquar, Roald N. Leif
  • Patent number: 8284503
    Abstract: A large optics stand provides a risk free means of safely tilting large optics with ease and a method of safely tilting large optics with ease. The optics are supported in the horizontal position by pads. In the vertical plane the optics are supported by saddles that evenly distribute the optics weight over a large area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Marion Jay Ayers, Shannon Lee Ayers
  • Patent number: 8283078
    Abstract: A system for preparing particulate carbon fuel and using the particulate carbon fuel in a fuel cell. Carbon particles are finely divided. The finely dividing carbon particles are introduced into the fuel cell. A gas containing oxygen is introduced into the fuel cell. The finely divided carbon particles are exposed to carbonate salts, or to molten NaOH or KOH or LiOH or mixtures of NaOH or KOH or LiOH, or to mixed hydroxides, or to alkali and alkaline earth nitrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventors: John F. Cooper, Nerine Cherepy
  • Patent number: 8268230
    Abstract: A method of fabrication of a transparent ceramic using nanoparticles synthesized via organic acid complexation-combustion includes providing metal salts, dissolving said metal salts to produce an aqueous salt solution, adding an organic chelating agent to produce a complexed-metal sol, heating said complexed-metal sol to produce a gel, drying said gel to produce a powder, combusting said powder to produce nano-particles, calcining said nano-particles to produce oxide nano-particles, forming said oxide nano-particles into a green body, and sintering said green body to produce the transparent ceramic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Nerine J. Cherepy, Thomas M. Tillotson, Joshua D. Kuntz, Stephen A. Payne
  • Patent number: 8245661
    Abstract: A system for coating a surface comprising providing a source of iron-based amorphous metal, the iron-based amorphous metal including devitrified ferrite; directing the iron-based amorphous metal toward the surface by a spray for coating the surface; and separating at least a portion of the devitrified ferrite from the spray before the spray reaches the surface. Also an apparatus for coating a surface comprising a source of iron-based amorphous metal, the iron-based amorphous metal including devitrified ferrite; an application system for directing the iron-based amorphous metal toward the surface by a spray for coating the surface, and a system for separating at least a portion of the devitrified ferrite from the spray before the spray reaches the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignees: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, Sandia National Laboratories
    Inventors: Phillip D. Hailey, Sumner D. Day, Joseph C. Farmer, Nancy Yang, Thomas M. Devine, Jr., Larry Kaufman
  • Patent number: 8226861
    Abstract: A method of producing nanoporous material includes the steps of providing a liquid, providing nanoparticles, producing a slurry of the liquid and the nanoparticles, removing the liquid from the slurry, and producing a monolith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Joel Ryan Hayes, Gregory Walker Nyce, Joshua David Kuntz
  • Patent number: 8211499
    Abstract: A system of fabricating a composite membrane from a membrane substrate using solvent-less vapor deposition followed by in-situ polymerization. A first monomer and a second monomer are directed into a mixing chamber in a deposition chamber. The first monomer and the second monomer are mixed in the mixing chamber providing a mixed first monomer and second monomer. The mixed first monomer and second monomer are solvent-less vapor deposited onto the membrane substrate in the deposition chamber. The membrane substrate and the mixed first monomer and second monomer are heated to produce in-situ polymerization and provide the composite membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin C. O'Brien, Stephan A. Letts, Christopher M. Spadaccini, Jeffrey D. Morse, Steven R. Buckley, Larry E. Fischer, Keith B. Wilson
  • Patent number: 8202566
    Abstract: A system of metalization in an integrated polymer microsystem. A flexible polymer substrate is provided and conductive ink is applied to the substrate. In one embodiment the flexible polymer substrate is silicone. In another embodiment the flexible polymer substrate comprises poly(dimethylsiloxane).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventors: James Courtney Davidson, Peter A. Krulevitch, Mariam N. Maghribi, William J. Benett, Julie K. Hamilton, Armando R. Tovar
  • Patent number: 8193823
    Abstract: An assembly apparatus for measurement of electrical conductivity or other properties of a sample in a piston cylinder device wherein pressure and heat are applied to the sample by the piston cylinder device. The assembly apparatus includes a body, a first electrode in the body, the first electrode operatively connected to the sample, a first electrical conductor connected to the first electrode, a washer constructed of a hard conducting material, the washer surrounding the first electrical conductor in the body, a second electrode in the body, the second electrode operatively connected to the sample, and a second electrical conductor connected to the second electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Heather Christine Watson, Jeffrey James Roberts
  • Patent number: 8189186
    Abstract: A system for analyzing a sample including providing a microchannel flow channel; associating the sample with magnetic nanoparticles or magnetic polystyrene-coated beads; moving the sample with said magnetic nanoparticles or magnetic polystyrene-coated beads in the microchannel flow channel; holding the sample with the magnetic nanoparticles or magnetic polystyrene-coated beads in a magnetic trap in the microchannel flow channel; and analyzing the sample obtaining an enhanced analysis signal. An apparatus for analysis of a sample includes magnetic particles connected to the sample, a microchip, a flow channel in the microchip, a source of carrier fluid connected to the flow channel for moving the sample in the flow channel, an electromagnet trap connected to the flow line for selectively magnetically trapping the sample and the magnetic particles, and an analyzer for analyzing the sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC.
    Inventor: Neil Reginald Beer
  • Patent number: 8187252
    Abstract: A shape memory material with integrated actuation using embedded particles. One embodiment provides a shape memory material apparatus comprising a shape memory material body and magnetic pieces in the shape memory material body. Another embodiment provides a method of actuating a device to perform an activity on a subject comprising the steps of positioning a shape memory material body in a desired position with regard to the subject, the shape memory material body capable of being formed in a specific primary shape, reformed into a secondary stable shape, and controllably actuated to recover the specific primary shape; including pieces in the shape memory material body; and actuating the shape memory material body using the pieces causing the shape memory material body to be controllably actuated to recover the specific primary shape and perform the activity on the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick R. Buckley, Duncan J. Maitland
  • Patent number: 8187720
    Abstract: A method of forming a corrosion resistant neutron absorbing coating comprising the steps of spray or deposition or sputtering or welding processing to form a composite material made of a spray or deposition or sputtering or welding material, and a neutron absorbing material. Also a corrosion resistant neutron absorbing coating comprising a composite material made of a spray or deposition or sputtering or welding material, and a neutron absorbing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignees: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, Sandia National Laboratories
    Inventors: Jor-Shan Choi, Joseph C. Farmer, Chuck K. Lee, Jeffrey Walker, Paige Russell, Jon Kirkwood, Nancy Yang, Victor Champagne
  • Patent number: 8177946
    Abstract: A system is described for forming metal hydroxide from a metal carbonate utilizing a water electrolysis cell having an acid-producing anode and a hydroxyl-producing cathode immersed in a water solution of sufficient ionic content to allow an electric current to pass between the hydroxyl-producing cathode and the acid-producing anode. A metal carbonate, in particular water-insoluble calcium carbonate or magnesium carbonate, is placed in close proximity to the acid-producing anode. A direct current electrical voltage is provided across the acid-producing anode and the hydroxyl-producing cathode sufficient to generate acid at the acid-producing anode and hydroxyl ions at the hydroxyl-producing cathode. The acid dissolves at least part of the metal carbonate into metal and carbonate ions allowing the metal ions to travel toward the hydroxyl-producing cathode and to combine with the hydroxyl ions to form the metal hydroxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventor: Gregory Hudson Rau
  • Patent number: 8178076
    Abstract: A method of determining calcium metabolism in a patient comprises the steps of administering radioactive calcium isotope 41Ca to the patient, allowing a period of time to elapse sufficient for dissemination and reaction of the radioactive calcium isotope 41Ca by the patient, obtaining a sample of the radioactive calcium isotope 41Ca from the patient, isolating the calcium content of the sample in a form suitable for precise measurement of isotopic calcium concentrations, and measuring the calcium content to determine parameters of calcium metabolism in the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignees: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Darren J. Hillegonds, John S. Vogel, Robert L. Fitzgerald, Leonard J. Deftos, David Herold, Douglas W. Burton
  • Patent number: 8177957
    Abstract: A multiple frequency method for the operation of a sensor to measure a parameter of interest using calibration information including the steps of exciting the sensor at a first frequency providing a first sensor response, exciting the sensor at a second frequency providing a second sensor response, using the second sensor response at the second frequency and the calibration information to produce a calculated concentration of the interfering parameters, using the first sensor response at the first frequency, the calculated concentration of the interfering parameters, and the calibration information to measure the parameter of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventor: Louis P. Martin
  • Patent number: 8165340
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a method comprises producing a first hyperspectral imaging (HSI) data cube of a location at a first time using data from a HSI sensor; producing a second HSI data cube of the same location at a second time using data from the HSI sensor; subtracting on a pixel-by-pixel basis the second HSI data cube from the first HSI data cube to produce a raw difference cube; calibrating the raw difference cube to produce a calibrated raw difference cube; selecting at least one desired spectral band based on a gas of interest; producing a detection image based on the at least one selected spectral band and the calibrated raw difference cube; examining the detection image to determine presence of the gas of interest; and outputting a result of the examination. Other methods, systems, and computer program products for detecting the presence of a gas are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventors: James L. Conger, John R. Henderson
  • Patent number: 8153328
    Abstract: An electrochemical cell apparatus that can operate as either a fuel cell or a battery includes a cathode compartment, an anode compartment operatively connected to the cathode compartment, and a carbon fuel cell section connected to the anode compartment and the cathode compartment. An effusion plate is operatively positioned adjacent the anode compartment or the cathode compartment. The effusion plate allows passage of carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide exhaust channels are operatively positioned in the electrochemical cell to direct the carbon dioxide from the electrochemical cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventor: John F. Cooper