Patents Assigned to United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Commerce
  • Patent number: 10935370
    Abstract: A deformometer includes: a cavity body; entry and exit optical cavity optics, such that the optical cavity produces filtered combined light from combined light; a first laser that provides first light; a second laser that provides second light; an optical combiner that: receives the first light; receives the second light; combines the first light and the second light; produces combined light from the first light and the second light; and communicates the combined light to the entry optical cavity optic; a beam splitter that: receives the filtered combined light; splits the filtered combined light; a first light detector in optical communication with the beam splitter and that: receives the first filtered light from the beam splitter; and produces a first cavity signal from the first filtered light; and a second light detector that: receives the second filtered light; and produces a second cavity signal from the second filtered light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE
    Inventors: Zeeshan Ahmed, Kevin O. Douglass, Stephen P. Eckel, Patrick F. Egan, Jay H. Hendricks, Jack A. Stone, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10931077
    Abstract: An optical reference cavity includes: a cell that includes: a cylindrical body; end faces; an optical canal having an interior cylindrical geometry; and an exterior surface having an exterior cylindrical geometry; mirrors disposed on the end faces; an aspect ratio that is less than 1; a compression clamp that holds the cell through compression and includes compression platens disposed on the end faces so that the compression platens exert a compressive force to the end faces at a radius from a central axis of the cell so that the cell is compressed by the compression clamp, and a length of the optical canal is unperturbed to first order with a magnitude of the compressive force; and a compression intermediary interposed between the compression platens and end faces, wherein the length of the optical canal is insensitive to vibration coupled to the cell by the compression clamp and compression intermediaries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE
    Inventors: Franklyn Quinlan, Scott Diddams, Andrew Ludlow, Frederick Baynes, Josue Davila-Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 10925266
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to an apparatus for capturing lionfish near the ocean floor. The present invention uses two jaws connected at the center by an axle such that the jaws open outward on contact with the seabed to form a ring supporting a loose netting. Embodiments of the present invention further include a deflector located on each jaw that facilitates opening of the jaws when the lionfish capture device contacts the ocean floor. A fish attraction device, or devices, located at substantially the center of the lionfish capture device is capable of attracting lionfish to an area defined by the ring formed by the jaws. Hauling of the capture device causes the jaws to close around and secure the fish that are within its perimeter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE
    Inventor: Stephen R. Gittings
  • Patent number: 10914694
    Abstract: An x-ray spectrometer includes: an x-ray plasma source that produces first x-rays; an x-ray optic in optical communication with the x-ray plasma source and that: receives the first x-rays from the x-ray plasma source; focuses the first x-rays to produce second x-rays; and communicates the second x-rays to a sample that produces product x-rays in response to receipt of the second x-rays and second light; and a microcalorimeter array detector in optical communication with the sample and that receives the product x-rays from the sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE
    Inventors: Joel Ullom, Galen O'Neil, Luis Miaja Avila, Kevin Silverman, Daniel Swetz, Ralph Jimenez, William Bertrand Doriese, Gene Hilton, Carl Reintsema, Daniel Schmidt, Bradley K. Alpert, Jens Uhlig, Young Joe, Wilfred K. Fullagar, Villy Sundstrom, Ilari Maasilta, Joseph Fowler
  • Patent number: 10889908
    Abstract: Superconformally filling a recessed feature includes: contacting the recessed feature with superconformal filling composition that includes: Au(SO3)23? anions; SO32? anions; and Bi3+ cations; convectively transporting Au(SO3)23? and Bi3+ to the bottom member of the recessed feature; subjecting the recessed feature to an electrical current to superconformally deposit gold from the Au(SO3)23? on the bottom member relative to the sidewall and the field, the electrical current providing a cathodic voltage; and increasing the electrical current subjected to the field and the recessed feature to maintain the cathodic voltage between ?0.85 V and ?1.00 V relative to the SSE during superconformally depositing gold on the substrate to superconformally fill the recessed feature of the article with gold as a superconformal filling of gold, the superconformal filling being void-free and seam-free.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE
    Inventors: Daniel Josell, Thomas P. Moffat
  • Patent number: 10885368
    Abstract: A six-dimensional smart target determines pose of an object and includes: a gimbal with an azimuthal base and an elevation arm; an elevation member on the elevation arm that has light pipes; and an azimuthal member with light pipes such that the elevation member rotates at a rotary center about an elevation axis and azimuthal axis to consistently maintain the elevation member in a field of view of a measurement instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE
    Inventors: Guixiu Qiao, Craig Schlenoff
  • Patent number: 10872122
    Abstract: A knowledge management system includes: a default knowledge system including: a knowledge system and a knowledge database in communication with the knowledge system; and a knowledge store in communication with the default knowledge system and including: a taxonomy amendment, an annotation amendment, a canonicalization amendment, an ecosystem amendment, a term amendment, and a phrase amendment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE
    Inventors: John Elliott, Talapady N. Bhat, Ursula R. Kattner, Carelyn E. Campbell, Ram D. Sriram, Eswaran Subrahmanian, Jacob Collard, Ira Monarch
  • Patent number: 10858256
    Abstract: A method of separating and extracting carbon nanotubes, the method includes introducing the carbon nanotubes into a two-phase system that includes a first component and a second component, the first component being different from the second component. The method includes introducing a chemical agent into the two-phase system, mixing the chemical agent and the carbon nanotubes in the two-phase system, removing the first component to extract a first portion of the carbon nanotubes contained in the first component after the mixing, replenishing the two-phase system with fresh first component, and extracting a second portion of the carbon nanotubes contained in the fresh first component. A bandgap of the carbon nanotubes in the first portion is different from the bandgap of the carbon nanotubes in the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignees: University of Southern California, Government of the United States of America, as Represented by the Secretary of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
    Inventors: Hui Gui, Jason K. Streit, Angela R. Hight Walker, Chongwu Zhou, Ming Zheng
  • Patent number: 10852123
    Abstract: Performing critical-dimension localization microscopy includes: subjecting a first dimensional member and a second dimensional member of a reference artifact to critical-dimension metrology, the first and second dimensional members, in combination, including a critical dimension and each independently providing optical contrast; determining a primary length of the critical dimension to be traceable to International System of Units meter; imaging in a calibrant optical field, by optical microscopy, the first dimensional member and the second dimensional member, the calibrant optical field disposed in an ocular optical field; determining, from the optical microscopy of the first dimensional member and the second dimensional member, a secondary length and a secondary length uncertainty of the critical dimension subjected to the critical-dimension metrology; and calibrating the calibrant optical field and the secondary length, to the primary length to establish traceability of the secondary length to the Internat
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE
    Inventors: Samuel Martin Stavis, Craig Robert Copeland
  • Patent number: 10836798
    Abstract: An amino acid-specific binder selectively binds to a binding amino acid. A binder complex selectively identifies the binding amino acid and includes an adjunct attached to the amino acid-specific binder. The adjunct includes a taggant, protein, substrate, or chemical modifier. Selectively identifying an N-terminal amino acid includes anchoring a C-terminal end; contacting an N-terminal amino acid of the anchored analyte with the binder complex; selectively binding when the N-terminal amino acid includes the binding amino acid; producing, by the taggant of the tagged complex, a taggant signal; detecting the taggant signal; and identifying the N-terminal amino acid based on the taggant signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE
    Inventors: Jennifer A. Tullman, Zvi Kelman, John P. Marino
  • Patent number: 10837828
    Abstract: A non-attenuating meter determines optical energy of laser light in an absence of optical attenuation of the laser light and includes: a recipient mirror that: receives laser light that propagates in a primary propagation direction; produces profile light; transmits the profile light through the recipient mirror along the primary propagation direction; produces first reflected light from the laser light; and reflects the first reflected light along a secondary propagation direction; a profilometer in optical communication with the recipient mirror and that: receives the profile light from the recipient mirror along the primary propagation direction; and produces a profile signal from the profile light; a sensor mirror in optical communication with the recipient mirror and a passer mirror and that: receives the first reflected light from the recipient mirror along the secondary propagation direction; produces, in a tertiary direction, a sensor force from the first reflected light; communicates the sensor force
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE
    Inventors: John H. Lehman, Matthew T. Spidell, Joshua A. Hadler, Paul A. Williams
  • Patent number: 10816325
    Abstract: A deformometer includes: a cavity body; entry and exit optical cavity optics, such that the optical cavity produces filtered combined light from combined light; a first laser that provides first light; a second laser that provides second light; an optical combiner that: receives the first light; receives the second light; combines the first light and the second light; produces combined light from the first light and the second light; and communicates the combined light to the entry optical cavity optic; a beam splitter that: receives the filtered combined light; splits the filtered combined light; a first light detector in optical communication with the beam splitter and that: receives the first filtered light from the beam splitter; and produces a first cavity signal from the first filtered light; and a second light detector that: receives the second filtered light; and produces a second cavity signal from the second filtered light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE
    Inventors: Zeeshan Ahmed, Kevin O. Douglass, Stephen P. Eckel, Patrick F. Egan, Jay H. Hendricks, Jack A. Stone, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10797684
    Abstract: A superconducting waveform synthesizer produces an arbitrary waveform and includes an encoder that produces a bitstream; a pattern generator that produces a current bias pulse from the bitstream; a Josephson junction that produces a quantized output pulse from the current bias pulse; and a converter that produces an arbitrary waveform from the quantized output pulse. A process for producing an arbitrary waveform includes producing a bitstream; producing a current bias pulse from the bitstream; communicating the current bias pulse to a Josephson junction; producing, by the Josephson junction, a quantized output pulse from the current bias pulse; producing a quantized output pulse from the current bias pulse; and producing an arbitrary waveform from the quantized output pulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE
    Inventors: Samuel Paul Benz, Justus Albert Brevik, Manuel Angel Castellanos Beltran, Paul David Dresselhaus, Peter Farrell Hopkins, Christine Annette Donnelly
  • Patent number: 10782421
    Abstract: A photonic calorimeter converts ionizing radiation dose to heat and includes: a radiation absorber, a temperature compensator disposed within the radiation absorber, a compensation waveguide, a compensation resonator, a compensation resonator, a thermal isolator on which the radiation absorber is disposed and that thermally isolates the radiation absorber from heat loss by thermal transfer due to physical contact by an object, and the temperature compensator changes the optical resonance of the compensation resonator in response to a change in temperature of the radiation absorber due to absorption of the ionizing radiation by the radiation absorber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE
    Inventors: Ronald Tosh, Zeeshan Ahmed, Ryan P. Fitzgerald, Nikolai Klimov
  • Patent number: 10778436
    Abstract: An active security token includes: a sentry that controls access to token data disposed on the active security token through verification of user authentication data; the token data including: reference authentication data for verification of user authentication data; and a security phantom including a password file, the security phantom being a public key certificate or a biometric template.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE
    Inventor: James F. Dray, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10761002
    Abstract: A shear loader subjects a shear load on a sample and includes: a first shearer including: a first shearing face that provides a shearing plane; a first mating face; and a first knife edge; a second shearer including: a second shearing face; a second mating face; and a second knife edge, the first shearer and the second shearer having relative motion to provide the shear load to the sample; a first load cell; and a second load cell, the first load cell and the second load cell having relative motion in a load direction that is orthogonal to the shearing plane and orthogonal to the shear direction, such that relative motion of the first load cell and the second load cell along the load direction subjects the sample to a side load along the load direction; and a sample region that receives sample bounded by the mating faces and load faces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE
    Inventors: Timothy J Foecke, Edward Pompa, Matthias J Merzkirch
  • Patent number: 10745753
    Abstract: A method, kit and primers for determining alleles present in a DNA sample that is sourced from either a mouse or a cell line derived from a mouse. A set of STR marker loci are selected that can be amplified together in a multiplex amplification reaction. The set of STR marker loci are selected from the group consisting of: 18-3, 4-2, 6-7, 15-3, 6-4, 12-1, 5-5, X-1, Mo11-1, Mo19-2, Mo1-2, Mo7-1, Mo1-1, Mo3-2, Mo8-1, Mo2-1, Mo11-2, Mo17-2, Mo13-1, D8S1106 and D4S2408. A set of oligonucleotide primer pairs are provided. Each oligonucleotide primer pair flanks a single locus in the set of STR marker loci, which are co-amplified in a multiplex amplification reaction, with the product(s) comprising a mixture of amplified alleles from each of the co-amplified loci in the set of STR marker loci. The products are evaluated to determine the alleles present at each of the loci analyzed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Government of the United States of America, as Represented by the Secretary of Commerce
    Inventors: Jamie Almeida, Kenneth Cole
  • Patent number: 10737390
    Abstract: A collaborative robot motion gauge determines a motion of a collaborative robot and includes: a bar; a dextral metrology member disposed on the bar; a dextral motion coupler moveably disposed on the bar; a dextral displacement sensor disposed on the dextral metrology member in communication with the dextral motion coupler; a dextral arm coupler disposed on the dextral motion coupler and that: couples to a dextral arm of the collaborative robot to the dextral motion coupler; communicates motion of the dextral arm to the dextral displacement sensor; and moves the dextral motion coupler in response to motion of the dextral arm; a sinistral metrology member disposed on the bar at a sinistral position; a sinistral motion coupler; a sinistral displacement sensor in communication with the sinistral motion coupler; and a sinistral arm coupler that couples a sinistral arm to the sinistral motion coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE
    Inventors: Nicholas G. Dagalakis, Yong Sik Kim
  • Patent number: 10741742
    Abstract: This disclosure describes systems, methods, and apparatus for multilayer superconducting structures comprising electroplated Rhenium, where the Rhenium operates in a superconducting regime at or above 4.2 K, or above 1.8 K where specific temperatures and times of annealing have occurred. The structure can include at least a first conductive layer applied to a substrate, where the Rhenium layer is electroplated to the first layer. A third layer formed from the same or a different conductor as the first layer can be formed atop the Rhenium layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignees: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO, A BODY CORPORATE, GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE, NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Donald David, David Pappas, Xian Wu
  • Patent number: 10719617
    Abstract: An access control system for managing and enforcing an attribute based access control (ABAC) policy includes: a minimum ABAC implementation that produces a representation access control list in an ABAC policy system; and a local host system that produces a resource repository access control list in the local host system such that the resource repository access control list is based on the representation access control list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE
    Inventors: David F. Ferraiolo, Gopi Katwala, Serban Gavrila