Patents Examined by David P. Porta
  • Patent number: 10720298
    Abstract: A vacuum electron tube comprises at least one electron-emitting cathode and at least one anode arranged in a vacuum chamber, the cathode having a planar structure comprising a substrate comprising a conductive material, a plurality of nanotube or nanowire elements electrically insulated from the substrate, the longitudinal axis of the nanotube or nanowire elements substantially parallel to the plane of the substrate, and at least one first connector electrically linked to at least one nanotube or nanowire element so as to be able to apply a first electrical potential to the nanowire or nanotube element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: Jean-Paul Mazellier, Lucie Sabaut
  • Patent number: 10709401
    Abstract: Provided are a radiography system, a radiography method, a radiography program, and a body thickness estimation apparatus that can estimate the body thickness of a subject using each of radiographic images generated by irradiation with radiations having different energy levels. A radiography system includes a radiography apparatus including two radiation detectors and a console including an estimation unit that estimates the body thickness of a subject on the basis of the ratio of pixel values in a region, which corresponds to a soft tissue of the subject and is a corresponding region of radiographic images generated by the two radiation detectors irradiated with radiations having different energy levels, and correspondence relationship information in which the ratio and the body thickness are associated with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Kuwabara, Yasufumi Oda, Haruyasu Nakatsugawa
  • Patent number: 10712270
    Abstract: A digital holographic microscope in which two digital holographic microscopes for detecting a fluorescence image and a phase image, respectively, are combined to be able to three-dimensionally measure a fluorescence image and a phase image at the same time, and perform measurement at a high SN ratio in all the polarization states including random light polarization. A first holographic optical system that, by using laser light, acquires a phase three-dimensional image due to interference light generated by superimposing object light which passes through a sample stage and reference light which does not pass through the sample stage onto each other. A second holographic optical system that, by using fluorescent excitation light, acquires a fluorescence three-dimensional image due to a fluorescence signal light, wherein phase measurement by the first holographic optical system and fluorescence measurement by the second holographic optical system are performed at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: National University Corporation Kobe University
    Inventor: Osamu Matoba
  • Patent number: 10712269
    Abstract: An opto-mechanical apparatus including a hollow housing member having a first end and a second end, the housing member having a longitudinal axis, a parabolic mirror positioned on a side of to the first end of the housing member, and a mirror adjustment mechanism attached to the second end of the housing member, the mirror adjustment mechanism connected to the parabolic mirror through the housing member, the mirror adjustment mechanism configured to adjust an axial position of the parabolic mirror along the longitudinal axis and to adjust a radial position of the parabolic mirror about the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Ezzat Hegazi, Vincent Cunningham, Christof Brunner, Christoph Stamm
  • Patent number: 10712326
    Abstract: Provided are methods and systems for efficiently and non-invasively identifying nuts (e.g., almonds) having concealed damage using near infrared scanning. The methods identify nuts having concealed damage with a certainty greater than 90% and an error rate that is less than 10%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Cristian Rogel-Castillo, Alyson Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10712313
    Abstract: A feedback device for a gas ionisation particle detector that includes a high voltage generator capable of creating a potential difference between electrodes placed in a gas chamber. The feedback device includes a voltage regulator configured to calculate an indicator characteristic of a measurement signal output by an electronic read unit capable of collecting an electrical signal induced by a particle passing through the chamber and to modify a set voltage output to the high voltage generator as a function of the indicator characteristic of the measurement signal. The characteristic indicator may be an average amplitude. The feedback device can use an error signal corresponding to the difference between the calculated characteristic indicator and a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventors: Simon Bouteille, Sebastien Procureur
  • Patent number: 10709410
    Abstract: A method of communicating between imaging components of an X-ray imaging system may include determining, by an initiator imaging component, whether a target imaging component is a primary manufacturer imaging component (PMIC). Responsive to the target imaging component not being the PMIC, the method may include generating a communication message including a communication packet according to a packet protocol. Responsive to the target imaging component not being the PMIC, the method may also include sending the communication message to the target imaging component as a secondary manufacturer imaging component. Responsive to the target imaging component being the PMIC, the method may include generating a message including a header packet and one or more data packets according to a message protocol. Responsive to the target imaging component being the PMIC, the method may also include sending the message to the target imaging component as the primary manufacturer imaging component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: VAREX IMAGING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Meiler, Steven E. Hebeler, Michelle Richmond, Lori Fry
  • Patent number: 10715749
    Abstract: A glass substrate having an average thickness of the glass substrate from 0.01 to 1.2 mm and having a temperature dependence of refractive index at a wave-length of 850 nm in a temperature range from ?40° C. to 60° C. of not more than 10×10?6/K.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Schott Glass Technologies (Suzhou) Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Inoguchi
  • Patent number: 10709402
    Abstract: A radiography system includes a radiography apparatus including two radiation detectors and a console that corrects a ratio of pixel values in a region, which corresponds to a soft tissue of a subject and is a corresponding region of radiographic images generated by the two radiation detectors irradiated with radiations having different energy levels, on the basis of correction data corresponding to a body thickness, and derives the bone density of the subject on the basis of a difference between a ratio of pixel values in a region corresponding to a bone tissue of the subject and the corrected ratio of the pixel values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tetsuya Tsuji
  • Patent number: 10712292
    Abstract: A method and a system for scanning an elongate structure. A scan of the elongate structure with a fluid in a cavity of the elongate structure is received. The scan is generated by a scanner using an x-ray beam. Data in the scan is filtered to remove a portion of the data in the scan attributable to the fluid to form filtered data, enabling detecting an inconsistency on a wall of the elongate structure in the filtered data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Morteza Safai, Gary Ernest Georgeson
  • Patent number: 10710395
    Abstract: A method of intimating an item is disclosed. The method includes applying adhesive to the item, interspersing a taggant in the adhesive, illuminating the item with an excitation signal, sensing luminescence emitted by the taggant in response to illumination by the excitation signal, and determining the authenticity of the item based on the sensed emitted luminescence. The item can include any item benefited by authentication, and can include a postage stamp. A method of customizing an item is disclosed. This can include the steps of preparing a substrate, applying a security feature to the substrate, printing non-customized information on the substrate, receiving image information, and printing the image information on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE
    Inventors: Khalid Hussain, Marie Therese Dominguez, David E. Failor, William G. Ackerman
  • Patent number: 10712455
    Abstract: Detector module designs for radiographic imaging include first and second layers of scintillator rods or pixel arrays oriented in first and second directions. The first and second directions are transversely oriented to define a light sharing region between the first and second layers. Encoding features may be disposed in, on or between the first and second layers, and configured to modulate propagation of optical signals therealong or therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Minnesota Imaging and Engineering LLC
    Inventors: Robert Sigurd Nelson, William Bert Nelson
  • Patent number: 10702222
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a cage-type CT scanner. The present invention involves reducing the rotation arc of the rotating member and the vibration amplitude of the whole machine by means of reducing the volume and weight of the CT scanner, without reducing the vibration of the CT scanner itself by eliminating eccentric force in transmission via balance correction or by any other means. Moreover, in the present invention, no crawler that realizes mechanical driving is used so as to decrease the parts in the motor's synchronization structure. Such efforts help reduce costs and allow the CT scanner to be suitable for more applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventors: Xin Gao, Zhi yuan Liang
  • Patent number: 10707063
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to methods and systems for calibration, calibration verification, and sensitivity checks for a detector. The methods and systems include calibrating a detector by releasing at least one calibrant from at least one calibrant chamber in flow communication with the detector. The systems and methods further include verifying the calibration by releasing at least one verification substance from at least one verification chamber in flow communication with the detector. The systems and methods further include checking a sensitivity of the detector by releasing at least one sensitivity substance from at least one sensitivity chamber in flow communication with the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Rapiscan Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Hartwig Schmidt, Michael E. Patterson, Stefan R. Lukow, Kenneth R. Gonthier, Hanh T. Lai, Vibha Mishra
  • Patent number: 10705108
    Abstract: Sensing systems and methods for sensing a stationary individual. A sensing system may use a first sensor to determine whether a detected thermal signature is associated with a human presence within a space. When the detected thermal signature is not associated with a human presence, the sensing system may repeat the determining whether a detected thermal signature is associated with a human presence. When the detected thermal signature is associated with a human presence, the sensing system may determine whether motion has been detected using a second sensor. In some cases, the first sensor may be a thermal sensor that can detect a human whether the moving or not, and the second sensor may be a motion sensor that only detects motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Francois-Christophe Moens, Sean McGuire
  • Patent number: 10705228
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed herein comprising one or more optically reflective materials, one or more electrodes, one or more photodetecting materials, and one or more substrates. At least one optically reflective material is electrically insulating, and the electrodes are positioned adjacent to the insulating optically reflective material. Additionally, the photodetecting materials are positioned on the substrates and are adjacent to the one or more electrodes. A method is disclosed comprising providing one or more photodetecting materials positioned on one or more substrates, placing one or more electrodes adjacent to the photodetecting materials, and placing one or more optically reflective materials adjacent to the electrodes and/or substrate. At least one optically reflective material is electrically insulating, and the insulating optically reflective material is placed adjacent to the electrodes. A method is also disclosed comprising providing an apparatus as above and using the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Oregon State University
    Inventors: Steven R. Reese, Kendon R. Shirley, Abdulsalam M. Alhawsawi
  • Patent number: 10695010
    Abstract: A mammography apparatus includes a support plate for supporting a breast of a patient, a compression plate movable toward and away from the support plate for compressing the breast against the support plate, and a controller configured to control movement of the compression plate toward and away from the support plate. The controller is configured to adjust at least one of a rate of compression and a pressure applied to the breast based on a measurement of at least one of a diastolic pressure and a systolic pressure of the patient taken during at least one of a compression phase and a clamping phase of the mammography apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Ronald Blaski, Razvan Iordache, Jerome Sutty
  • Patent number: 10698123
    Abstract: A method of operating a radiation imaging system includes applying a bias voltage to a top electrode, receiving ionization radiation, wherein the ionization radiation penetrates an electrical insulation layer and generate a charge signal, storing the charge signal in a storage capacitor among a plurality of storage capacitors, changing a polarity of a gate line bias voltage of one row of transistors among a plurality of transistors, and integrating charges from storage capacitors connected to each other along orthogonal data lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: VIEWORKS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Denny Lap Yen Lee
  • Patent number: 10698130
    Abstract: A stand-alone sensor includes a main part, a sensing head mounting on the main part, and a movable shield retractably disposed in the main part. The movable shield is rotatable around the sensing head when protruded from the main part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Zhi Hong Xie, Cheng Zhi Jiang, Kai Liu, Huang Haiming
  • Patent number: 10695015
    Abstract: The present embodiment relates to a radiation imaging system and the like provided with a solid-state imaging device having a structure enabling reduction of linear noise appearing in an integrated image. The solid-state imaging device comprises: L pieces of imaging pixel region arranged along a direction crossing a moving direction of a relative position of the solid-state imaging device; and L pieces of A/D converter provided corresponding to the L pieces of imaging pixel region. Each imaging pixel region includes pixels arranged two-dimensionally to form an M-row by N-column matrix. Any one of the L pieces of A/D converter executes a dummy A/D conversion once or more times after an A/D conversion of an electric signal from a pixel of an m-th row, before an A/D conversion of an electric signal from a pixel of an (m+1)-th row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.
    Inventors: Junichi Sawada, Ryuji Kyushima, Haruyoshi Okada, Kazuki Fujita, Harumichi Mori