Patents Assigned to Photonic Solutions, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10359313
    Abstract: A compact dual-wavelength Raman probe using two laser sources each providing Raman excitation light at a different wavelength is disclosed causing Raman scattering in a fingerprint region associated with one excitation wavelength and causing Raman scattering in a stretch region, which are detected by the same detector array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Innovative Photonic Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott L. Rudder, Joseph B. Gannon, Robert V. Chimenti, Benjamin L. Carlin, John C. Connolly
  • Patent number: 10355446
    Abstract: A method for controlling an electromagnetic radiation source to produce single mode operation having an optimized side-mode suppression ratio over a set of wavelengths within a prescribed temporal profile. The electromagnetic radiation source is configured to output electromagnetic radiation at a given wavelength based upon parameters. The method includes determining a set of parameter combinations that satisfy a condition for a desired set of wavelengths and a minimum side mode suppression ratio over the range of wavelengths. The set of parameter combinations define sub-paths for nearly arbitrary transitions from one wavelength to another wavelength. Combinations of select sub-paths provide a multivariate path for transitioning over the range of wavelengths. The method also includes controlling the semiconductor laser to emit electromagnetic radiation over the range of wavelengths by traversing the multivariate path in a desired manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: INSIGHT PHOTONIC SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Jason Ensher, Christopher Wood, Michael Minneman
  • Patent number: 10090642
    Abstract: A hybrid external cavity laser and a method for configuring the laser having a stabilized wavelength is disclosed. The laser comprises a semiconductor gain section and a volume Bragg grating, wherein a laser emission from the semiconductor gain section is based on a combination of a reflectivity of a front facet of the semiconductor gain section and a reflectivity of the volume Bragg grating and the reflectivity of the semiconductor gain section and the volume Bragg grating are insufficient by themselves to support the laser emission. The hybrid cavity laser further comprises an etalon that provides further wavelength stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Innovative Photonic Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: John C. Connolly, Donald E Ackley, Scott L. Rudder, Harald R. Guenther
  • Patent number: 9983030
    Abstract: A system and method for discriminately measuring the response of a plurality of spatially separated fiber sensors positioned along an optical fiber using a sweep of electromagnetic radiation. Each fiber sensor affects the transmission of a particular wavelength of electromagnetic radiation and the particular wavelength affected by a given fiber sensor is dependent on at least one environmental property of the given fiber sensor. By detecting the particular wavelength affected by a given sensor, it is possible to determine the environmental property of the given sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: INSIGHT PHOTONIC SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Jason Ensher, Michael Minneman, Michael Crawford
  • Patent number: 9595804
    Abstract: A system (10, 20) and method including a wavelength tuning mechanism and a laser path length tuning mechanism for reducing discontinuities in a sweep range. A processor (14) is coupled to a wavelength monitoring device (18) and the tuning mechanisms. The processor analyzes data from the wavelength monitor to adjust the wavelength tuning and cavity length tuning at discontinuities in the wavelength sweep to reduce the discontinuities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Insight Photonic Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Minneman, Jason Ensher, Dennis Derickson, Michael Crawford
  • Patent number: 9577409
    Abstract: A hybrid external cavity laser and a method for configuring the laser having a stabilized wavelength are disclosed. The laser comprises a semiconductor gain section and a volume Bragg grating, wherein a laser emission from the semiconductor gain section is based on a combination of a reflectivity of a front facet of the semiconductor gain section and a reflectivity of the volume Bragg grating and the reflectivity of the semiconductor gain section and the volume Bragg grating are insufficient by themselves to support the laser emission. The hybrid cavity laser further comprises an etalon that provides further wavelength stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Innovative Photonic Solutions, INc.
    Inventors: John C. Connolly, Donald E Ackley, Scott L. Rudder, Harald R. Guenther
  • Patent number: 9529014
    Abstract: Provided is a method and an apparatus for acquiring electrical measurements of an electronic device. The method and the apparatus comprise securing an elastomeric connector at least partially inside a cavity within a truncated front end of an electrical probe, wherein the electrical probe is physically and electrically coupled to an electric cable; physically and electrically coupling the electric cable to a data processor; electrically connecting the elastomeric connector end to said electronic device; and outputting electrical measurement data from the elastomeric connector end through the electric cable to said data processor. The advantages are that the connection can be single wire per probe or two wires per probe, with only a single physical connection required, and the lack of probe damage to the feature being probed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Insight Photonic Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Minneman
  • Patent number: 9502860
    Abstract: A tunable swept multi-laser system comprising a first laser source, a second laser source, a first wavelength blocking component, and a second wavelength blocking component. The first laser source has a first wavelength working range and the second laser source has a second wavelength working range. The first wavelength working range begins at a first start wavelength and ends at a first end wavelength. The second wavelength working range begins at a second start wavelength, ends at a second end wavelength, and overlaps with the first wavelength working range. The first wavelength blocking component has a first wavelength blocking range including the first end wavelength. The second wavelength blocking component has a second wavelength blocking range including the second start wavelength. The first wavelength blocking component is optically coupled with the first laser source and the second wavelength blocking component is optically coupled with the second laser source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Insight Photonic Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Minneman
  • Patent number: 9482511
    Abstract: A system and method for sweeping electromagnetic radiation over a first coherence length and a second length over a range of wavelengths to generate an image. Electromagnetic radiation having a first coherence length is generated and swept over a range of wavelengths. Electromagnetic radiation having a second coherence length is generated and swept over a range of wavelengths. The electromagnetic radiation is splitting through a reference path and a sample path; Electromagnetic radiation returned from the reference path and the sample path is detected, wherein the detector generates output signals corresponding to the received electromagnetic radiation. In one embodiment, the output signals are processed to generate an image. The image may be interleaved with data corresponding to the electromagnetic radiation having the first coherence length and the second coherence length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Insight Photonic Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Minneman, Jason Ensher, Michael Crawford, Thomas Milner
  • Patent number: 9455549
    Abstract: A method for sweeping an electromagnetic radiation source (12) to produce single mode operation having an optimized side-mode suppression ratio over a continuous range of wavelengths within a prescribed temporal profile, the electromagnetic radiation source is configured to output electromagnetic radiation at a given wavelength based upon parameters. The method includes determining a set of parameter combinations that satisfy a condition for a desired set of wavelengths and a maximum side mode suppression ratio over the range of wavelengths. The set of parameter combinations define sub-paths for transitioning from one wavelength to another wavelength. Combinations of select sub-paths provide a multivariate path for transitioning over the range of wavelengths. The method also includes controlling the semiconductor laser to emit electromagnetic radiation over the range of wavelengths by traversing the multivariate path in a desired manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Insight Photonic Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Minneman, Jason Ensher, Michael Crawford
  • Patent number: 9404729
    Abstract: A system and method for correcting the optical response of an OCT system is presented. The system and method characterize the optical response of the OCT system to determine an optical loss of the OCT system as a function of wavelength. The optical loss corresponds to a reduction in the magnitude of electromagnetic radiation leaving an interferometer of the OCT system compared to the electromagnetic radiation entering the interferometer. The optical loss of the OCT system may be determined by generating output signals using the OCT system when the system does not contain a sample or contains an electromagnetic radiation absorbing material. A controller may control the source to pre-emphasize the electromagnetic radiation to correct for the optical response of the OCT system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Insight Photonic Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Minneman, Paul Boschert, Michael Crawford, Jason Ensher
  • Patent number: 9385501
    Abstract: A system and method for triggering data acquisition in a semiconductor laser system including outputting electromagnetic energy from the semiconductor laser over a range of wavelengths according to a signaling path. The signaling path includes a plurality of discrete data inputs to the semiconductor laser for outputting electromagnetic energy over a range of wavelengths and the signaling path includes one or more perturbances in transitioning from one wavelength to another wavelength along the signaling path. A series of triggering signals for input to a measurement system is generated by the semiconductor laser. The semiconductor laser also generates a series of valid signal indicators when the outputted electromagnetic energy is not undergoing one or more perturbances. The valid signal indicators may be digitized and stored and/or used to pause the measurement system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: INSIGHT PHOTONIC SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Minneman, Michael Crawford, Jason Ensher
  • Patent number: 9279742
    Abstract: A system and method including a semiconductor laser source configured to output radiation over a range of wavelengths at a prescribed rate to a device under test. The prescribed rate is sufficiently above environmental frequency bands. A detector is configured to detect output radiation from the device under test to obtain a detected signal associated with at least one physical property associated with the incident radiation over the range of wavelengths at the prescribed rate. The detected signal includes environmental signal and target signal from the device under test. A processor isolates the environmental signal from the detected signal; and processes the target signal to obtain dispersion information of the device under test. A system output is configured to output the dispersion information of the device under test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Insight Photonic Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Minneman, Michael Crawford, Jason Ensher
  • Publication number: 20150346102
    Abstract: A compact Raman probe integrated with a wavelength-stabilized laser source is disclosed. The output beam of the laser source has an elongated cross-section that is focused onto a target of interest. Raman and Rayleigh scattered light is collected, collimated, and filtered by free-space optics to form a beam that is coupled to the input of a multimode optical fiber having an elongated core that is aligned to edge slits of an optical spectrometer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Applicant: INNOVATIVE PHOTONIC SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert V. Chimenti, Scott L. Rudder, Harald R. Guenther, Joseph B. Gannon, John C. Connolly
  • Patent number: 9153939
    Abstract: A system and method for triggering data acquisition in a semiconductor laser system including outputting electromagnetic energy from the semiconductor laser over a range of wavelengths according to a signaling path. The signaling path includes a plurality of discrete data inputs to the semiconductor laser for outputting electromagnetic energy over a range of wavelengths and the signaling path includes one or more perturbances in transitioning from one wavelength to another wavelength along the signaling path. A series of triggering signals are generated for input to a measurement system by the semiconductor laser. The series of triggering signals include a non-uniform period between at least a first triggering signal and an adjacent second triggering signal, and the non-uniform period corresponds to at least one perturbance. The electromagnetic energy output from the semiconductor laser is detected based on the series of triggering signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Insight Photonic Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Minneman, Michael Crawford, Jason Ensher
  • Patent number: 9124060
    Abstract: A system and method for triggering data acquisition in a semiconductor laser system including outputting electromagnetic energy from the semiconductor laser over a range of wavelengths according to a signaling path. The signaling path includes a plurality of discrete data inputs to the semiconductor laser for outputting electromagnetic energy over a range of wavelengths and the signaling path includes one or more perturbances in transitioning from one wavelength to another wavelength along the signaling path. A series of triggering signals are generated for input to a measurement system by the semiconductor laser. The electromagnetic energy output from the semiconductor laser is detected based on the series of triggering signals. The detected electromagnetic energy is compared with a valid data vector, wherein the valid data vector includes one or more criteria and/or values that is used to differentiate valid data from invalid data corresponding to the detected electromagnetic energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Insight Photonic Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Minneman, Michael Crawford, Jason Ensher
  • Patent number: 9057665
    Abstract: A system and method for correcting non-linearities in the output of a tunable laser over a sweep range. Electromagnetic radiation is directed over a range of wavelengths to a measurement system from the tunable laser source, wherein the measurement system collects data over the range of wavelengths. The electromagnetic radiation emitted over the range of wavelengths is monitored. A non-linearity in one or more wavelengths over the range of wavelengths is determined. A signal is transmitted to the measurement system to cease collecting data when the one or more wavelengths having the non-linearity is output from the tunable laser source or the data is ignored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Insight Photonic Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Minneman, Michael Crawford, Jason Ensher
  • Patent number: 9008142
    Abstract: A system and method for adjusting the coherence length of a tunable laser to optimize measurements and reduce artifacts. A tuning element of the laser system modulates, adjusts, or controls parameters associate with the tunable laser, such that the output wavelength of the tunable laser is modulated or adjusted over a wavelength range within a time interval. Modulation of the parameter has the effect of increasing a linewidth of the tunable laser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Insight Photonic Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Minneman, Jason Ensher, Thomas Milner
  • Patent number: 8970948
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for using a semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) as an optical modulator for pulsed signals. In accordance with the principles of the invention, the SOA can be biased with a negative voltage to suppress transmission and improve modulator extinction and biased with a positive pulsed signal with sufficient amplitude to forward bias the amplifier (SOA), both transmitting the carrier and increasing its amplitude by means of a gain provided by the SOA under forward biased conditions. In addition, the forward bias voltage may be selected to compensate for losses within the SOA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Innovative Photonic Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: John C. Connolly, Donald E Ackley, Scott L Rudder, Harald R. Guenther
  • Patent number: 8964806
    Abstract: A system and method to determine data sets of front mirror current, back mirror current and phase current that change the wavelength output by a semiconductor laser in a prescribed trajectory versus time, while maintaining the maximum side-mode suppression ratio at each point during the sweep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Insight Photonic Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Ensher, Dennis Derickson, Michael Minneman, Michael Crawford, Chris Chiccone