Patents Assigned to Nikon Corporation
  • Publication number: 20190174053
    Abstract: A lens barrel attached to an imaging device, including a focus lens unit that is movable in an optical axis direction; an actuator that moves the focus lens unit along the optical axis direction; a drive control section that controls drive of the actuator; and a setting section that is capable of setting a movement range of the focus lens unit to be one of a first range and a second range that differ from each other with respect to at least one of one end and another end, each range defining the range in which the focus lens unit is allowed to move. Even when the movement range of the focus lens unit is set by the setting section to be one of the first range and the second range, the drive control section removes the setting of the movement range when instructions are received from the imaging device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Applicant: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Teppei OKUYAMA, Hidefumi OTA, Toshiaki MAEDA, Satoshi HARA, Akihiko KAWAI
  • Publication number: 20190174103
    Abstract: An image sensor includes: a plurality of microlenses arranged in a two-dimensional pattern; and a plurality of pixels that are provided in correspondence to each of the microlenses and receive lights of different color components, respectively. Pixels that are provided at adjacent microlenses among the microlenses and that receive lights of same color components, are adjacently arranged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Applicant: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hironobu MURATA
  • Publication number: 20190172867
    Abstract: An imaging device having a first surface on which light is incident and a second surface on an opposite side of the first surface, includes a photoelectric conversion section including semiconductors having a same conductivity type, in which an impurity concentration on the second surface side is higher than an impurity concentration on the first surface side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Applicant: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hironobu MURATA
  • Publication number: 20190170968
    Abstract: A camera includes: an image capturing unit that outputs a signal by capturing a subject image via an optical system having a focus adjustment optical system; a detection unit that detects an in-focus position at which the subject image is in focus on the image capturing unit by the optical system based on the signal outputted from the image capturing unit; a control unit that controls a position of the focus adjustment optical system so as to focus continuously upon a specified subject based on the in-focus position detected by the detection unit; and an acquisition unit that acquires information related to at least one of a distance to the specified subject, a size of the specified subject, and the optical system; wherein the control unit controls the position of the focus adjustment optical system based on the information acquired by the acquisition unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Applicant: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masaru HABE
  • Publication number: 20190174031
    Abstract: To provide a user-friendly electronic device, the electronic device includes: a first unit including a first operation unit; a second unit attachable to/detachable from the first unit; and a control unit configured to make presentation of the first operation unit in a state where the first unit and the second unit are attached to each other different from presentation of the first operation unit in a state where the first unit and the second unit are detached from each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Applicant: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kaoru YOSHINO, Hiroshi KASAI, Tomoyuki SASHIMA, Mayuko ITO, Kaori TSURUTA, Masakazu SEKIGUCHI, Hiroshi KAMEHARA, Yu MURAKOSHI
  • Publication number: 20190174036
    Abstract: Provided is a light receiving apparatus including a first light receiving unit; a body to which the first light receiving unit is secured; a first exterior portion that covers at least a portion of the body; and a mount that is capable of having an interchangeable lens attached thereto, to which the body and the first exterior portion are secured. Also provided is a light receiving apparatus, in which a body to which a first light receiving unit is secured and a first exterior portion that covers at least a portion of the body are secured to a mount that is capable of having an interchangeable lens attached thereto, and force placed on the first exterior portion is absorbed by the mount, such that transfer of the force placed on the first exterior portion to the body is reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Applicant: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi OKUTANI, Eiji MATSUKAWA, Yoshiaki TANABE
  • Patent number: 10310384
    Abstract: While a wafer stage moves linearly in a Y-axis direction, surface position information of a wafer surface at a plurality of detection points set at a predetermined interval in an X-axis direction is detected by a multipoint AF system, and by a plurality of alignment systems arranged in a line along the X-axis direction, marks at different positions on the wafer are each detected, and a part of a chipped shot of the wafer is exposed by a periphery edge exposure system. This allows throughput to be improved when compared with the case when detection operation of the marks, detection operation of the surface position information (focus information), and periphery edge exposure operation are performed independently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuichi Shibazaki
  • Patent number: 10310383
    Abstract: An exposure apparatus exposes a substrate with exposure light via a liquid. The exposure apparatus includes an optical system including an emission surface from which the exposure light is emitted; a liquid supply port that supplies the liquid in order to fill an optical path of the exposure light emitted from the emission surface with the liquid; and a fluid supply port that supplies a fluid including a material capable of changing the specific resistance of the liquid to at least a part of a space around a liquid immersion space that is formed by the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Junichi Chonan
  • Patent number: 10310387
    Abstract: Phase conflicts in pattern transfer with phase masks can be resolve by exposing pattern features with a first pattern and a second pattern, wherein the second pattern is selected based on the phase conflicts. In scanned exposures using pulsed lasers, a number of exposures of the second pattern can be less than 20% of a total number of exposures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventors: Shane R. Palmer, Julia A. Sakamoto, Donis G. Flagello
  • Publication number: 20190164900
    Abstract: A mark forming method includes: forming recessed portion on a mark formation area of a substrate; coating the recessed portion with a polymer layer containing a block copolymer, allowing the polymer layer in the recessed portion to form a self-assembled area; selectively removing a portion of the self-assembled area; and forming a positioning mark by using the self-assembled area from which the portion thereof has been removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Applicant: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuji SHIBA, Tomoharu FUJIWARA, Nobutaka MAGOME
  • Publication number: 20190163068
    Abstract: An illumination optical system includes a first spatial light modulator having a plurality of optical elements into which the light from the light source comes, a polarizing member having a first polarizing element into which a first light of a light from the first spatial light modulator comes and a second polarizing element into which a second light of the light from the first spatial light modulator comes, so as to allow the first light traveled via the first polarizing element and the second light traveled via the second polarizing element to have polarizing states different from each other, the first and second lights traveling through positions relative to an optical axis of the illumination optical system different from each other, and a second spatial light modulator having a plurality of optical elements into which the first and second lights from the polarizing member come.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Applicant: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Norio MIYAKE, Kinya KATO
  • Patent number: 10301682
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fluidic device, an exosome analysis method, a biomolecule analysis method, and a biomolecule detection method, which can analyze even the content of an exosome in a series of flows by introducing a sample into the device. A fluidic device of the present invention is a fluidic device which detects a biomolecule contained in an exosome in a sample, and includes: an exosome purification unit which has a layer modified with a compound having a hydrophobic chain and a hydrophilic chain; a biomolecule purification unit; a biomolecule detection unit; a first flow path which connects the exosome purification unit to the biomolecule purification unit; and a second flow path which connects the biomolecule purification unit to the biomolecule detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignees: THE UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO, NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takanori Ichiki, Masashi Kobayashi, Ayako Hayashi, Shoichi Tsuchiya, Takanori Akagi, Taro Ueno, Takashi Funatsu, Kenji Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 10301170
    Abstract: A valve is provided with a tubular structure having an outer tube and an inner tube, and a diaphragm member having a thin film disposed to cover one end of the inner tube and an anchor part which encircles a peripheral edge of the thin film and comes into close contact with an inner wall of the outer tube and an outer wall of the inner tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignees: THE UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO, NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takanori Ichiki, Shoutarou Terane, Kuno Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10302419
    Abstract: System and method for profiling of a surface with lateral scanning interferometer the optical axis of which is perpendicular to the surface. In-plane scanning of the surface is carried out with increments that correspond to integer number of pixels of an employed optical detector. Determination of height profile of a region-of-interest that is incomparably larger than a FOV of the interferometer objective is performed in time reduced by at least an order of magnitude as compared to time required for the same determination by a vertical scanning interferometer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eric Peter Goodwin
  • Patent number: 10302905
    Abstract: An optical system includes, disposed in sequence along an optical axis starting on an object side: a first lens group having a positive refractive power, which remains fixed relative to an image surface upon focusing; and a second lens group having a positive refractive power, which moves along the optical axis upon focusing, wherein: the first lens group includes: a first partial lens group that comprises at least two positive lenses and has a positive refractive power; and a negative lens, the second lens group includes: at least one meniscus lens with a convex surface thereof facing the object side; a second partial lens group that includes at least one negative lens and at least one positive lens, and has a positive refractive power; and a cemented lens that is formed by bonding together a plurality of lenses and has a positive refractive power, wherein: a predetermined conditional expression is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventors: Haruo Sato, Issei Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10304752
    Abstract: An imaging unit comprising an imaging chip and a mounting substrate that has the imaging chip mounted thereon and includes a first metal layer for outputting a signal generated by the imaging chip to the outside. An imaging apparatus comprises an imaging unit that includes an imaging chip and a mounting substrate that has the imaging chip mounted thereon and includes a first metal layer for outputting a signal generated by the imaging chip to the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirofumi Arima, Ryoichi Suganuma, Takuya Sato, Satoru Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10305397
    Abstract: A vibration actuator unit includes: an electromechanical converting element that converts an electric vibration of an applied actuating voltage into a mechanical vibration; and a contact portion that contacts an actuated surface of an actuating subject and a transmits a mechanical vibration of the electromechanical converting element to the actuated surface as an actuating force, wherein the electromechanical converting element periodically bends within a first vibration plane crossing the actuated surface to vibrate the contact portion within the first vibration plane, and periodically bends within a second vibration plane crossing the first vibration plane to vibrate the contact portion within the second vibration plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eiji Matsukawa, Masaaki Kusano
  • Patent number: 10302902
    Abstract: A focus adjustment control apparatus is provided which includes: a focus detection unit that calculates an evaluation value with regard to contrast of an image via an optical system to detect a focus adjustment state of the optical system; an acquisition unit that acquires from a lens barrel at least one of a maximum value and a minimum value of an image plane movement coefficient that represents correspondence relationship between a movement amount of a focus adjustment lens included in the optical system and a movement amount of an image plane; and a control unit that uses at least one of the maximum value and the minimum value of the image plane movement coefficient to determine a drive speed for the focus adjustment lens when the focus detection unit detects the focus adjustment state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Tomita, Toshiaki Maeda
  • Publication number: 20190155168
    Abstract: An exposure apparatus includes (i) a projection optical system, (ii) a substrate stage having a substrate holder on which a substrate is held, which is movable while holding the substrate with the substrate holder, and (iii) a reference member having a first reference and a second reference for performing an alignment process, the reference member being provided on the substrate stage. At least part of an upper surface of the reference member includes a liquid repellent material. The substrate is aligned based on information obtained from the alignment process. The substrate is exposed through liquid in a liquid immersion area formed locally on an upper surface of the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masahiko YASUDA, Takahiro MASADA, Yuho KANAYA, Tadashi NAGAYAMA
  • Publication number: 20190158770
    Abstract: An image sensor includes: first pixels, each of which receives a pair of light fluxes and outputs a pair of first analog signals; an A/D conversion unit that converts each of pairs of first analog signals to a pair of first digital signals; a digital adder unit that generates digital sum signals each by adding together the pair of first digital signals among pairs of first digital signals; a first output unit that outputs pairs of first digital signals to an external recipient; and a second output unit that outputs the digital sum signals to an external recipient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yosuke KUSAKA