Patents Assigned to HRL Laboratories, LLC
  • Publication number: 20220389561
    Abstract: A process enables growing thick stoichiometric crystalline and preferably IR-transparent optical PCMO material on Si and other substrates. Sputter deposition is carried out in oxygen-free inert gas (e.g., Ar) environment, which helps to prevent decomposition of the PCMO material over the substrate. In the disclosed process, there is no need to add a seed layer prior to PCMO deposition. Moreover, no post-deposition annealing is needed in a high-temperature and high-pressure oxygen furnace, but an anneal provides certain additional benefits in terms of improved transparency at IR wavelengths. Over a long deposition time for a thick PCMO film on the high temperature (?450° C.) substrates, the PCMO deposition is made repeated cycles of deposition of the PCMO material at the high temperature, each deposition cycle being followed by cooling the PCMO-deposited substrate to a substantially lower temperature (<50° C.).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2022
    Publication date: December 8, 2022
    Applicant: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Kyung-Ah SON, Jeong-Sun MOON, Hwa Chang SEO, Richard M. KREMER, Ryan G. QUARFOTH, Jack A. CROWELL, Mariano J. TABOADA, Joshua M. DORIA, Terry B. WELCH
  • Patent number: 11522276
    Abstract: A system for subsurface transmission includes an array of very low frequency (VLF) transmitter nodes supported by semi-autonomous maritime, airborne, or space platforms spaced at regular intervals from their nearest neighbors and phased to localize VLF coverage to some desired area on a body of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: HRL LABORATORIES, LLC
    Inventors: Carson R. White, Walter S. Wall
  • Patent number: 11521053
    Abstract: Described is a system for specifying control of a device based on a Bayesian network model. The system includes a Bayesian neuromorphic compiler having a network composition module having probabilistic computation units (PCUs) arranged in a hierarchical composition containing multi-level dependencies. The Bayesian neuromorphic compiler receives a Bayesian network model as input and produces a spiking neural network topology and configuration that implements the Bayesian network model. The network composition module learns conditional probabilities of the Bayesian network model. The system computes a conditional probability and controls a device based on the computed conditional probability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: HRL LABORATORIES, LLC
    Inventors: Nigel D. Stepp, Aruna Jammalamadaka
  • Patent number: 11506493
    Abstract: An angular rate sensor. The sensor includes a Coriolis vibratory gyroscope (CVG) resonator, configured to oscillate in a first normal mode and in a second normal mode; a frequency reference configured to generate a reference signal; and a first phase control circuit. The first phase control circuit is configured to: measure a first phase difference between: a first phase target, and the difference between: a phase of an oscillation of the first normal mode and a phase of the reference signal. The first phase control circuit is further configured to apply a first phase correction signal to the CVG resonator, to reduce the first phase difference. A second phase control circuit is similarly configured to apply a second phase correction signal to the CVG resonator, to reduce a corresponding, second phase difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: HRL LABORATORIES, LLC
    Inventors: Logan D. Sorenson, Raviv Perahia, David T. Chang, Randall L. Kubena, Deborah J. Kirby, Hung Nguyen, Richard J. Joyce
  • Patent number: 11509277
    Abstract: A resonator has a resonator body and a frame at least partially surrounding the resonator body, the resonator body being coupled to the frame by at least one tether. The resonator body, frame and at least one tether comprise silicon carbide. A plurality of interdigitated electrodes are disposed on the silicon carbide resonator body. The resonator body preferably comprises 6H silicon carbide and preferably has a crystalline c-axis oriented generally parallel to a thickness direction of the resonator body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: HRL LABORATORIES, LLC
    Inventors: Raviv Perahia, Logan D. Sorenson, Lian X. Huang, Jeremy Bregman
  • Patent number: 11507609
    Abstract: A method for issuing control signals in response to sentiment. In some embodiments, the method includes: assigning, to each of a plurality of comments, a respective topic vector of length k; determining whether a largest element of the topic vector of a first comment of the plurality of comments exceeds a weight threshold; in response to the determining that the largest element exceeds the weight threshold, classifying the first comment into a first topic, of k topics, the first topic corresponding to the position, in the topic vector, of the largest element of the topic vector; calculating a first sentiment score; calculating an average sentiment score, based in part on the first sentiment score; determining whether the average sentiment score meets a criterion; and in response to the determining that the criterion is met, generating a control signal, the control signal including a message related to the first topic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: HRL LABORATORIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dana M. Warmsley, Philip Pope
  • Publication number: 20220365259
    Abstract: A photonic reflector device includes a first layer, a second layer, and a third layer. The first layer, which functions as a retro-reflector, is formed of a first material contacting a second material and having a non-planar interface therebetween. The second layer, which functions as a photonic crystal, includes third and fourth materials that have different refractive indices from one another and are configured such that the second layer has a periodic optical potential along at least one dimension. The third layer, which functions as a Lambertian scatterer, includes a plurality of inclusions in a first matrix material. In combination, the layers may be optimized to synergistically reflect targeted wavelengths and/or polarizations of light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2021
    Publication date: November 17, 2022
    Applicant: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Raymond SARKISSIAN, Phuong Phuc Nam BUI, Tobias Anton SCHAEDLER, Shanying CUI
  • Patent number: 11501143
    Abstract: A reconfigurable neural circuit includes an array of processing nodes. Each processing node includes a single physical neuron circuit having only one input and an output, a single physical synapse circuit having a presynaptic input, and a single physical output coupled to the input of the neuron circuit, a weight memory for storing N synaptic conductance value or weights having an output coupled to the single physical synapse circuit, a single physical spike timing dependent plasticity (STDP) circuit having an output coupled to the weight memory, a first input coupled to the output of the neuron circuit, and a second input coupled to the presynaptic input, and interconnect circuitry connected to the presynaptic input and connected to the output of the single physical neuron circuit. The synapse circuit and the STDP circuit are each time multiplexed circuits. The interconnect circuitry in each respective processing node is coupled to the interconnect circuitry in each other processing node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: HRL LABORATORIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jose Cruz-Albrecht, Timothy Derosier, Narayan Srinivasa
  • Patent number: 11493824
    Abstract: A solid state electrically variable focal length lens includes a plurality of concentric rings of electro-optical material, wherein the electro-optical material comprises any material of a class of hydrogen-doped phase-change metal oxide and wherein each respective concentric ring further includes a transparent resistive sheet on a first face of the respective concentric ring, wherein the transparent resistive sheet extends along the first face, and a first voltage coupled between a first end and a second end of the transparent resistive sheet, wherein the first voltage may be varied to select an optical beam deflection angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: HRL LABORATORIES, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Kremer, Kyung-Ah Son, Jeong-Sun Moon, Ryan G. Quarfoth
  • Patent number: 11493534
    Abstract: A self-calibration method for an accelerometer having a proof mass separated by a gap from a drive electrode and a sense electrode includes initializing the accelerometer to resonate, applying a first bias voltage to the sense electrode and a second bias voltage to the drive electrode to obtain a first scale factor, measuring a first acceleration over a first time interval, swapping the first bias voltage on the sense electrode with the second bias voltage previously on the drive electrode and the second bias voltage on the drive electrode with the first bias voltage previously on the sense electrode so that a bias voltage on the sense electrode is set to the second bias voltage and a bias voltage on the drive electrode is set to the second bias voltage to obtain a second scale factor, measuring a second acceleration over a second time interval, and calculating a true acceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: HRL LABORATORIES, LLC
    Inventors: Logan D. Sorenson, Lian X. Huang, Matthew J. Pelliccione, Raviv Perahia, Hung Nguyen, David T. Chang
  • Patent number: 11494486
    Abstract: Described is a system for continuously predicting and adapting optimal strategies for attacker elicitation. The system includes a global bot controlling processor unit and one or more local bot controlling processor units. The global bot controlling processor unit includes a multi-layer network software unit for extracting attacker features from diverse, out-of-band (OOB) media sources. The global controlling processing unit further includes an adaptive behavioral game theory (GT) software unit for determining a best strategy for eliciting identifying information from an attacker. Each local bot controlling processor unit includes a cognitive model (CM) software unit for estimating a cognitive state of the attacker and predicting attacker behavior. A generative adversarial network (GAN) software unit predicts the attacker's strategies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: HRL LABORATORIES, LLC
    Inventors: Hyun (Tiffany) J. Kim, Rajan Bhattacharyya, Samuel D. Johnson, Soheil Kolouri, Christian Lebiere, Jiejun Xu
  • Patent number: 11495810
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the present disclosure, a power management system (e.g., a power management for a fuel cell or a fuel cell system) includes a fuel cell to generate an electrical power output; a metastable hydrogen carrier to supply hydrogen to the fuel cell; a heater coupled with the metastable hydrogen carrier; and a controller coupled to the heater to control a rate of hydrogen release from the metastable hydrogen carrier. A method of operating a fuel cell system includes controlling an electrical power input to a heater utilizing a controller; heating a metastable hydrogen carrier to a temperature by the heater and to generate hydrogen to feed a fuel cell. The heater is coupled to the controller, and the controller controls the electrical power input to the heater according to a relationship between a rate of hydrogen release and the temperature and a composition of the metastable hydrogen carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: HRL LABORATORIES, LLC
    Inventors: Cullen M. Quine, John J. Vajo, Jason A. Graetz
  • Patent number: 11473647
    Abstract: An isolation system and method are disclosed. The isolation system includes a beam that includes a first end and a second end. The isolation system may include at least one clamping block comprising first elastomeric material, and the first end may be coupled with the first elastomeric material by the at least one clamping block. An end condition of the buckling beam may be varied based on compression stiffening of the first elastomeric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: HRL LABORATORIES, LLC
    Inventors: David W. Shahan, Geoffrey P. McKnight, Sloan P. Smith, Christopher B. Henry, Christopher B. Churchill, Andrew C. Keefe
  • Patent number: 11476555
    Abstract: Disclosed are electrochemically tunable metamaterials which are capable of complete reversibility such that the metamaterial itself can physically disappear (out of the active region) and reappear later, in a controllable manner. Some variations provide an electrochemically tunable, solid-state metamaterial-based device comprising a plurality of metamaterial unit cells, wherein each of the metamaterial unit cells comprises: an ion conductor containing mobile metal ions; a first electrode in contact with the ion conductor, wherein the first electrode is contained in a metasurface negative space disposed on the ion conductor; a second electrode in contact with the ion conductor, wherein the second electrode is electrically isolated from the first electrode; and a metal-containing region containing one or more metals, wherein the metal-containing region is contained within a metasurface positive space disposed on the ion conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher S. Roper
  • Patent number: 11475334
    Abstract: Described is a system for large-scale event prediction and a corresponding response. The system, using an agent-based model, predicts how many users (agent accounts) on a social media platform will become activists related to a large-scale event. This process is accomplished using both Before and During models. Before the large-scale event, the system operates to generate agent attributes and a posting network based on posts on the social media platform. During the large-scale event and based on the agent attributes and posting network, the system determines if a social media user (agent account) will become an activist of the large-scale event and a corresponding magnitude of the large-scale event. Depending on the magnitude, the system can implement a responsive measure and control a device based on the prediction of the activists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: HRL LABORATORIES, LLC
    Inventors: Krishna Bathina, Aruna Jammalamadaka, Jiejun Xu, Tsai-Ching Lu
  • Patent number: 11472699
    Abstract: A composition for hydrogen (H2) storage and generation including lithium aluminum hydride (LAIN is provided. The composition includes a mixture of LiAlH4 and a catalytic metal additive designed to tailor the kinetics of hydrogen release. The LiAlH4 and catalytic metal additive and are gently mixed together in order to physically disperse the LiAlH4 and catalyst powders without causing a detrimental chemical interaction. The hydrogen capacity of the composition is substantially not reduced or decreased (e.g., undergoes less than about 5% reduction) during the mixing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: HRL LABORATORIES, LLC
    Inventors: John J. Vajo, Jason A. Graetz
  • Patent number: 11476467
    Abstract: The present invention provides a battery electrode comprising an active battery material enclosed in the pores of a conductive nanoporous scaffold. The pores in the scaffold constrain the dimensions for the active battery material and inhibit sintering, which results in better cycling stability, longer battery lifetime, and greater power through less agglomeration. Additionally, the scaffold forms electrically conducting pathways to the active battery nanoparticles that are dispersed. In some variations, a battery electrode of the invention includes an electrically conductive scaffold material with pores having at least one length dimension selected from about 0.5 nm to about 100 nm, and an oxide material contained within the pores, wherein the oxide material is electrochemically active.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Adam F. Gross, John J. Vajo, Ping Liu, Elena Sherman
  • Patent number: 11469732
    Abstract: A method of making a SiC resonator includes forming a layer of an oxide material on a relatively thick wafer of SiC; bonding the layer of oxide material on the relatively thick wafer of SiC to a handle wafer having at least an oxide exterior surface, the resulting bond being substantially free of voids; planarizing the relatively thick wafer of SiC to a desired thickness; forming top and bottom electrodes on the wafer of SiC wafer to define a SiC wafer resonator portion; and forming a trench around the top and bottom electrodes, the tench completely penetrating the planarized wafer of SiC around a majority of a distance surrounding said top and bottom electrodes, except for one or more tether regions of the planarized wafer of SiC which remain physically coupled a remaining portion the SiC wafer resonator portion which defines a frame formed of the planarized wafer of SiC surrounding the SiC wafer resonator portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: HRL LABORATORIES, LLC
    Inventors: Raviv Perahia, Logan D. Sorenson, Lian X. Huang, David T. Chang, Makena S. White, Jeremy Bregman
  • Patent number: 11460085
    Abstract: In at least one embodiment, a rotational spring is provided with adjustable stiffness and includes at least one beam arranged about an axis between an input tuning port and an output port, wherein the input tuning port is configured to change an effective bending length of at least one beam so as to change a shear stiffness with respect to the input tuning port and the output port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew C. Keefe, Geoffrey P. McKnight, Sloan P. Smith, Christopher B. Churchill
  • Publication number: 20220308419
    Abstract: A solid state electrically variable focal length lens includes a plurality of concentric rings of electro-optical material, wherein the electro-optical material comprises any material of a class of hydrogen-doped phase-change metal oxide and wherein each respective concentric ring further includes a transparent resistive sheet on a first face of the respective concentric ring, wherein the transparent resistive sheet extends along the first face, and a first voltage coupled between a first end and a second end of the transparent resistive sheet, wherein the first voltage may be varied to select an optical beam deflection angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2021
    Publication date: September 29, 2022
    Applicant: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Richard KREMER, Kyung-Ah SON, Jeong-Sun MOON, Ryan G. QUARFOTH