Patents Examined by Daniel Petkovsek
  • Patent number: 11835766
    Abstract: A slope gain equalizer that corrects a slope of a gain characteristic of an optical signal in a predetermined wavelength bandwidth. An interference filter, which allows insertion losses in a predetermined wavelength region to be inclined in opposite directions between a transmitting direction and a reflecting direction from a short wavelength side to a long wavelength side, is arranged between a dual-core fiber collimator and a single-core fiber collimator facing each other on an optical axis. An optical signal of a predetermined bandwidth inputted from a first or second optical fiber held by the dual-core fiber collimator is reflected by the interference filter and outputted from the second or the first optical fiber. An optical signal inputted from a third optical fiber held by the first optical fiber or the single-core fiber collimator is transmitted through the interference filter and outputted from the third or the first optical fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: KOHOKU KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshihisa Okubo, Takashi Kato
  • Patent number: 11835406
    Abstract: The invention relates to an optical fiber sensing device (9), comprising a base (1), an actuator (3) having an actuator axis (X), an elastic hinge (2) connecting the actuator to the base, allowing the actuator to move or deflect in a movement plane (D) with respect to the base, a pair of optical fiber portions (4) extending in the movement plane, contacting the actuator in a pair of contacting positions (11), wherein the actuator (3) comprises a symmetry plane (S), wherein the pair of optical fiber portions (4) are symmetrically arranged with respect to the symmetry plane, such that the movement of the actuator causes a proportional or equal change in strain in the optical fiber portions (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Compass Photonics B.V.
    Inventor: Marinus Jacobus Van Der Hoek
  • Patent number: 11835842
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for improved HHG of ultrashort pulse laser beams. A HHG assembly includes a gas distribution block and a waveguide cartridge having a HHG hollow core waveguide. The waveguide cartridge is attached to the gas distribution block and may be removed and replaced, while the gas distribution block remains affixed within the apparatus. The gas distribution block is configured to maintain a pressure profile within the hollow core fiber. The system also includes two operating beam sensors and two actuatable mirrors. The operating beam sensors are fixed with respect to the HHG assembly. The system is aligned before operation by adjusting the actuatable mirrors to optimize a sample beam through the waveguide and recording the position of the beam on the operating beam sensors. In operation, the mirrors are actuated to maintain the same positions of the input beam on the operating beam sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Regents of the Univ of Colorado, a body corporate
    Inventors: Seth Lucien Cousin, Michael Tanksalvala, Henry C Kapteyn
  • Patent number: 11828979
    Abstract: An IR-transmitting glass fiber configured to include a holey-microstructured core and a cladding surrounding the core. Glass material used at least in the core is one of the heavy metal oxide glasses, where the glass network former is an oxide selected from GeO2, TeO2, Sb2O3, and Bi2O3, while each and every component of the fiber includes only an oxide glass material and is devoid of any other materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Inventors: Shibin Jiang, Garrett Coleman, Tao Luo
  • Patent number: 11829050
    Abstract: An entangled-photon pair emitting device according to an embodiment of the inventive concept includes a piezoelectric structure having a first surface and a second surface, which face each other, wherein the piezoelectric structure includes an opening passing through the piezoelectric structure from the first surface to the second surface, a stress transfer medium that fills the opening, a light source emitting part disposed on the stress transfer medium, an upper electrode disposed on the first surface of the piezoelectric structure, and a lower electrode disposed on the second surface of the piezoelectric structure. Here, the light source emitting part includes a semiconductor thin-film and a quantum dot in the semiconductor thin-film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Inventors: Young-Ho Ko, Mireu Lee
  • Patent number: 11822087
    Abstract: An optical waveguide includes an input diffractive optical element arranged for being aligned with an optical projector for diffracting the light beam therefrom, a waveguide substrate arranged for reflecting the light beam diffracted by the input diffractive optical element by means of total internal reflection, and an output diffractive optical element coupled at said waveguide substrate for partially diffracting the light beam as a diffracted light and partially transmitting the light beam as a transmitted light during the total internal reflection of the light beam within the waveguide substrate. The diffracted light is diffracted by the output diffractive optical element and is projected out of the waveguide substrate toward the user eye. The transmitted light is continuously transmitted and reflected within the waveguide substrate by the total internal reflection until the transmitted light is totally diffracted out of the waveguide substrate, so as to complete an exit pupil expansion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Shanghai North Ocean Photonics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xinye Lou, He Huang, Tao Lin
  • Patent number: 11822131
    Abstract: A pre-terminated end of a fiber optic cable has a protective cap that protects the optical fiber and the ferrule assembly at the terminal end. The protective cap has an attachment feature enabling a pull cord to attach to the protective cap. The protective cap has a body including an exterior surface and a receptacle formed in the body and configured to receive a portion of the fiber optic cable, and the attachment feature. The attachment feature includes a cavity formed in a tip of the body and at least two openings formed in the exterior surface of the body and connected to the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2023
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Clearfield, Inc.
    Inventors: John P. Hill, Daniel J. Johnson
  • Patent number: 11822120
    Abstract: Structures including an optical component and methods of fabricating a structure including an optical component. The structure includes a waveguide core and a back-end-of-line stack including a first metallization level, a second metallization level, and a heat sink having a metal feature in the second metallization level. The heat sink is positioned adjacent to a section of the waveguide core. The first metallization level including a dielectric layer positioned between the metal feature and the section of the waveguide core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: GlobalFoundries U.S. Inc.
    Inventors: Hemant Dixit, Yusheng Bian, Theodore Letavic
  • Patent number: 11815782
    Abstract: A mid-infrared broadband laser including: a femtosecond laser configured to generate a near-infrared light; nonlinear waveguide configured to broaden and/or shift a spectrum of the light from the femtosecond laser; and a nonlinear medium configured to generate a broadband light by mixing spectral components of the output from the non-linear waveguide. Optionally, at least one dispersion compensation element may be placed between the femtosecond laser and the nonlinear waveguide and/or between the nonlinear waveguide and the nonlinear medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Thorlabs, Inc.
    Inventors: Reza Salem, Peter Fendel, Sterling Backus, Dongfeng Liu, Chenchen Wan
  • Patent number: 11815783
    Abstract: A difference frequency generation optical transmitter and sum frequency generation optical receiver operating in the mid-infrared wavelength range for use in free space optical satellite communications are described. By using mid-infrared light, the transmitter/receiver can mitigate atmospheric scintillation, scattering, and other non-ideal optical effects in the communication channel. This is achieved through the use of nonlinear optical crystals designed for difference frequency generation in the case of the transmitter and sum frequency generation for the receiver. High-speed modulated communication signals can thus be frequency converted to the mid-infrared wavelength range by a relatively low cost, compact and high-power optical communication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Inventors: Chang-qing Xu, Joshua Kneller, Liam Flannigan
  • Patent number: 11815785
    Abstract: A wavelength conversion optical element using a nonlinear optical effect of a device structure in which wavelength conversion efficiency rises as targeted when the length of a waveguide is increased is provided. The element adopts a waveguide structure using lithium niobate of a second-order nonlinear optical material. Wavelength conversion regions are formed to correspond to two linear waveguides extending in parallel to each other on a plane of the planar structure and correspond to the lengths of the two linear waveguides. One end side of the linear waveguide is an incident side of excitation light and one end side of the linear waveguide is an emission side of wavelength converted light. The linear waveguides excluding the incident side and the emission side are joined by a bent waveguide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Inventors: Takahiro Kashiwazaki, Takeshi Umeki, Ryoichi Kasahara, Osamu Tadanaga, Koji Embutsu, Takushi Kazama, Nobutatsu Koshobu
  • Patent number: 11809061
    Abstract: Kerr and electro-optic frequency comb generation in integrated lithium niobate devices is provided. In various embodiments, a microring resonator comprising lithium niobate is disposed on a thermal oxide substrate. The microring resonator has inner and outer edges. Electrodes are positioned along the inner and outer edges of the microring resonator. The electrodes are adapted to modulate the refractive index of the microring. A pump laser is optically coupled to the microring resonator. The microring resonator is adapted to emit an electro-optical frequency comb when receiving a pump mode from the pump laser and when the electrodes are driven at a frequency equal to a free-spectral-range of the microring resonator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignees: President and Fellows of Harvard College, The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Mian Zhang, Cheng Wang, Marko Loncar, Brandon Taylor Buscaino, Joseph M. Kahn
  • Patent number: 11803011
    Abstract: An optical switch has latched switch states and includes optical fibers that are laterally joined together to define an optical switching portion. At least one phase change material (PCM) layer is on the optical switching portion so that a phase of the PCM layer determines a latched switch state from among the latched switch states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Inventors: Brian Roberds, Edward W. Miles
  • Patent number: 11796751
    Abstract: A reversible fiber optic cassette for mounting with other like cassettes in a rack comprising a cassette receiving tray, the tray comprising a plurality of cassette engaging features on an upper surface is disclosed. The cassette comprises a plurality of optic fiber receptacles arranged along a front thereof, a multifiber receptacle on a back thereof and a plurality of optic fiber segments each between a respective one of the optic fiber receptacles and the multifiber receptacle, a first tray engaging feature extending from the first surface and configured for engaging with one of the cassette engaging features, a second tray engaging feature extending from the second surface and configured for engaging with one of the cassette engaging features; and a release mechanism comprising an actuator for selectively disengaging the tray engaging feature from the engaged one of the cassette engaging features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: Belden Canada ULC
    Inventors: Dwayne Crawford, Olivier Kedzierski
  • Patent number: 11782323
    Abstract: An optical device includes a first waveguide that includes a plurality of first portions coupled with regions doped with first dopants, and a plurality of second portions coupled with regions doped with second dopants, distinct from the first dopants, the plurality of first portions being interleaved with the plurality of second portions. And the optical device includes a second waveguide located adjacent to the first waveguide for coupling light from the first waveguide to the second waveguide. The second waveguide includes a third portion coupled with a third region doped with the first dopants and a fourth portion coupled with a fourth region doped with the second dopants, wherein the first portion is located adjacent to the third portion and the second portion is located adjacent to the fourth portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: PSIQUANTUM CORP.
    Inventors: Mihai Vidrighin, Nikhil Kumar, Gary Gibson
  • Patent number: 11774678
    Abstract: An optical fiber combiner comprises a double-clad fiber (DCF) and one or more multimode fibers (MMFs). DCF comprises a transition portion, a DCF taper portion, and an output section coupling to the DCF taper portion, whereas each of MMFs comprises an MMF taper configured to be fused around DCF in the transition portion. MMFs are configured to carry a combined optical energy (COE) and to couple to DCF. COE passes through the MMF taper with larger divergence of higher-order modes generated and coupled into DCF, whereas the DCF taper portion can partially offset the larger divergence. COE coupled, when traced through the output section, emerges in the air with a smaller output beam divergence of the higher-order modes, thereby preserving some of the higher-order modes in the output section and increasing a coupling efficiency of COE coupled from MMFs to DCF with improved thermal performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2023
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: Lightel Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chungho Hsia, Pai-Sheng Shen
  • Patent number: 11768329
    Abstract: A device includes an integrated structure of an input fiber, a first output fiber, an input splitting/combining device, a first output splitting/combining device, an input rotation device, a first output rotation device, a first lens, an isolator core, a second lens, a second output rotation device, a second output splitting/combining device, and a second output fiber. With the integrated structure, the device integrates functions of an optical isolator and an optical splitter. As an optical splitter, input of an optical signal into the input fiber are distributed to the two output fibers for output. As an optical splitter, the device can isolate light in opposite directions and can reduce damage to a light source at the input. In a system, the device can replace two conventional optical isolators and optical splitters and effectively reduce space, simplify the assembly process, and facilitate miniaturization and integration for systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: II-VI DELAWARE, INC
    Inventors: Yuping Wu, Peng Xiao, Danping We
  • Patent number: 11768330
    Abstract: A device includes an array of light emitters configured to generate multiple light beams to form an image, the image having a field of view and a planar waveguide having an edge configured to receive multiple light beams from the array of light emitters, each light beam associated with a portion of the field of view. The device also includes a lens array comprising multiple lenses linearly extended to overlap an edge portion of the planar waveguide, the lenses optically coupling the light beams into the planar waveguide, and one or more output couplers in the planar waveguide configured to direct the light beams into an eyebox, wherein the eyebox forms an area that includes a pupil of a viewer of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: Meta Platforms Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Miaomiao Xu, Brian Wheelwright, Ying Geng
  • Patent number: 11762150
    Abstract: Embodiments include a fiber to photonic chip coupling system including a collimating lens which collimate a light transmitted from a light source and an optical grating including a plurality of grating sections. The system also includes an optical dispersion element which separates the collimated light from the collimating lens into a plurality of light beams and direct each of the plurality of light beams to a respective section of the plurality of grating sections. Each light beam in the plurality of light beams is diffracted from the optical dispersion element at a different wavelength a light beam of the plurality of light beams is directed to a respective section of the plurality of grating sections at a respective incidence angle based on the wavelength of the light beam of the plurality of light beams to provide optimum grating coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Shiyi Chen, Tao Ling, Weizhuo Li, Mark A. Webster
  • Patent number: 11762261
    Abstract: The invention is related to a parametric light generation method and its application and belongs to the technical field of laser and nonlinear optics. The generation method comprises steps as follows: a nonlinear optical material that meets the sum-frequency phase-matched conditions, namely it shall satisfy the energy conservation condition ?p+?i=?s and the momentum conservation condition np?p+ni?i=ns?s simultaneously, is provided; laser light with a wavelength of ?p is injected into the said nonlinear optical material as pump light; then, the material will output signal light with a wavelength of ?S, namely the tunable sum-frequency parametric light. With sum-frequency as the basic principle, the invention can realize frequency up-conversion and obtain visible and UV light sources through simple infrared light sources easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Inventors: Zhengping Wang, Xuezhi Zhao, Fapeng Yu, Xun Sun, Xinguang Xu