Patents Examined by David P. Porta
  • Patent number: 10989678
    Abstract: Provided is an X-ray analysis system with which it is possible to set appropriate conditions for vapor phase decomposition with ease. The X-ray analysis system includes an X-ray spectrometer and a vapor phase decomposition apparatus. The X-ray spectrometer includes: an X-ray source configured to irradiate a measurement sample having a thin film present on its surface with primary X-rays; a detector configured to measure an intensity of reflected X-rays, or an intensity of fluorescent X-rays; and a calculation unit configured to calculate a film thickness or a coating mass of the thin film based on the intensity of the reflected X-rays or the fluorescent X-rays. The vapor phase decomposition apparatus includes: a vapor phase decomposition portion configured to perform vapor phase decomposition on the thin film; and a control portion configured to determine a vapor phase decomposition time based on the film thickness or the coating mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: RIGAKU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kono, Satoshi Murakami
  • Patent number: 10989811
    Abstract: Systems and methods for image sensing using atomic vapor cell assemblies are provided. In certain embodiments, a device includes an atomic vapor cell assembly containing atoms associated with multiple pixel locations; a readout laser source that emits readout lasers that illuminate the atoms; a pump laser source that illuminates the atoms with pump lasers to prepare the atoms that are in a dark ground state, wherein an atom in the dark ground state is not coupled to the readout lasers; and a targeting laser source that emits a targeting laser towards a target, wherein a portion of the targeting laser reflected by the target that is incident upon the atoms causes the atoms to transition to a bright ground state; wherein the atoms in the bright ground state are coupled to the readout laser and emit multiple readout photons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Chad Fertig
  • Patent number: 10983324
    Abstract: Provided is a light detecting apparatus including: a phase locked loop portion that generates a sampling clock based on a synchronization signal output from a light source that emits pulsed laser light; an A/D convertor that performs sampling of signal light output from a sample as a result of radiating the laser light thereon in accordance with the sampling clock; and a received-data processing portion that accommodates, every time N items of the sampling data are continuously acquired, the N items of data in a single data sequence. The phase locked loop portion is provided with a clock generating portion that generates a clock that has a frequency that is N times a pulse frequency of the laser light and that is synchronized with a phase of the laser light, and a delay adjusting portion that generates the sampling clock by adjusting a delay amount of the generated clock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Yabugaki, Ryusuke Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10983058
    Abstract: A device and method are described for the naked eye visualization of fluorophores. The device has a light source capable of exciting fluorophores, a rack to receive one or more fluorophores and a window through which test tubes can be observed. The method provides a means for inferring the conformational state of molecules from the amount of fluorescence emitted by the fluorophores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: AMPLYUS LLC
    Inventors: Ezequiel Alvarez Saavedra, Sebastian Kraves
  • Patent number: 10980506
    Abstract: An image signal processing system (ISP) comprising an input interface (IN) for receiving photon counting projection data acquired by an X-ray imaging apparatus (IA) having a photon counting detector (D). A calibration data memory (CMEM) of the system holds calibration data. The calibration data encodes photon counting data versus path lengths curves for different energy thresholds of i) said detector (D) or ii) of a different detector. At least one of said curves is not one-to-one. A path length convertor (PLC) of the system converts an entry in said photon counting projection data into an associated path length based on said calibration data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Ewald Roessl, Roger Steadman, Christoph Herrmann, Roland Proksa
  • Patent number: 10981406
    Abstract: A security feature for protecting valuable documents, in particular for ensuring the authenticity of valuable documents, comprises a luminescent pigment which has a host lattice doped with a first luminophore and a second luminophore, with an excitation energy of the first luminophore being transferable to the second luminophore. However, in the case of the luminescent pigment according to the invention, the excitation energy is not transferred completely from the first luminophore to the second, but rather only partially. The incomplete transfer of the excitation energy is achieved by selecting suitable amount-of-substance fractions of the first and the second luminophores on the luminescent pigment. As a result of the incomplete transfer of the excitation energy, the luminescent light that is emitted by the luminescent pigment also has, in addition to a luminescence peak of the second luminophore, a luminescence peak of the first luminophore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: GIESECKE+DEVRIENT CURRENCY TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Johann Kecht, Kai Uwe Stock
  • Patent number: 10983054
    Abstract: An optical sensor apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus comprises: a sample holder, configured to hold a sample, in operation; a probe, comprising an arrangement of luminescent quantum dots; an optical source, configured to optically excite the luminescent quantum dots; an optical detector, configured to read optical signals from the quantum dots; and a circuit. The circuit is connected to the optical detector and configured to determine correlations between optical signals read by the optical detector. The probe is positioned or positionable relatively to, e.g., at a distance from, the sample, such that optical signals transmitted by each of the quantum dots are influenced by the sample, in operation. The present invention is further directed to related methods of operation and fabrication methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rainer F. Mahrt, Gabriele Raino, Thilo H. C. Stoeferle
  • Patent number: 10980505
    Abstract: A system and method for air calibration in a Computed Tomography (CT) imaging system are provided. A first set of data associated with air in a scanning area may be obtained. A second set of data associated with an object in the scanning area may be obtained. The second set of data based on the first set of data may be calibrated, and a set of reference values generated by a neural network model may be used to perform the calibration. A third set of data based on the calibration of the second set of data may be generated. Based on the third set of data, a CT image of the object may be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: SHANGHAI UNITED IMAGING HEALTHCARE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Dier Zhang
  • Patent number: 10983059
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus (20) includes an interface (50) and a processor (30). The interface is configured to receive a sequence of images of an object (38) acquired at respective acquisition times, the object is labeled with fluorescent emitters. The images depict intensity fluctuations of emitters on an acquisition grid, and the intensity fluctuations being uncorrelated among the emitters and during an overall time over which the images in the sequence are acquired. The a processor is configured to calculate a temporal correlation function of the intensity fluctuations over the sequence of images, and to estimate locations of the emitters on a super-resolution grid having a higher resolution than the acquisition grid, by applying to the temporal correlation function a recovery process in which the locations on the super-resolution grid are assumed to be sparse or compressible in a predefined domain. The recovery process includes a sparse-recovery process or a regularized process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: TECHNION RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION LTD.
    Inventors: Yonina Eldar, Mordechai Segev, Oren Solomon, Maor Mutzafi
  • Patent number: 10983060
    Abstract: The invention provides systems for characterizing a biological sample by analyzing emission of fluorescent light from the biological sample upon excitation and methods for using the same. The system includes a laser source, collection fibers, a demultiplexer and an optical delay device. All references cited herein are incorporated by reference in their entirety as though fully set forth. Unless defined otherwise, technical and scientific terms used herein have the same meaning as commonly understood by one of ordinary skill in the art to which this invention belongs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
    Inventors: Pramod Butte, Paul Lapchak, David Scott Kittle
  • Patent number: 10983226
    Abstract: Some embodiments include an electronic device. The electronic device includes a first scintillator layer, a transistor, and one or more device elements over the transistor, and the one or more device elements include a photodetector. Meanwhile, the first scintillator layer is monolithically integrated with at least one of the transistor or the one or more device elements. Other embodiments of related systems, devices, and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS ON BEHALF OF ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Xan Henderson, Michael Marrs
  • Patent number: 10982997
    Abstract: A radiation sensor including a plurality of pixels formed in and on a semiconductor substrate, each pixel including a microboard suspended above the substrate by thermal insulation arms, the microboard including: a conversion element for converting incident electromagnetic radiation into thermal energy; and a passive optical shutter including a heat-sensitive layer covering one of the faces of the conversion element, the heat-sensitive layer having a reflection coefficient for the radiation to be detected that increases as a function of its temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique et aux Énergies Alternatives
    Inventors: Sébastien Becker, Abdelkader Aliane, Denis Pelenc, Jean-Jacques Yon
  • Patent number: 10983008
    Abstract: A bolometer pixel trigger including a substrate, a bolometer formed on the substrate, and a thermal-sensitive film trigger. The thermal-sensitive film trigger includes a resistive varying thermal-sensitive material configured to change resistance in response to a change in temperature thereof. The thermal-sensitive film trigger is configured such that current flow therethrough varies in response to changes in the resistance of the resistive varying thermal-sensitive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: RAYTHEON COMPANY
    Inventors: Jeffrey Mitchell, Ryan P. Boesch, Matthew C. Thomas
  • Patent number: 10976270
    Abstract: An X-ray apparatus includes a mount, an X-ray source, a detector, an actuator, and a controller. The mount is configured to hold a sample. The X-ray source is configured to direct a beam of X-rays toward a first side of the sample. The detector is positioned on a second side of the sample, opposite the first side, so as to receive at least a portion of the X-rays that have been transmitted through the sample and to output signals indicative of an intensity of the received X-rays. The actuator is configured to scan the detector over a range of positions on the second side of the sample so as to measure the transmitted X-rays as a function of a scattering angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: BRUKER TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventors: Matthew Wormington, Asher Peled, Alexander Krokhmal
  • Patent number: 10976202
    Abstract: Focal Plane Arrays (FPAs) or methods to produce FPAs may be provided for a microbolometer based thermal imaging sensor utilizing wafer level processing (WLP) techniques for manufacture. Batch processing techniques for sealing a cap wafer to an FPA wafer to produce vacuum sealed FPAs may be accomplished with suitable FPA design features in conjunction with a glass frit seal methodology utilizing appropriate frit glass compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Seek Thermal, Inc.
    Inventor: William J. Parrish
  • Patent number: 10976453
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a radiation detector configured to absorb radiation particles incident on a semiconductor single crystal of the radiation detector and to generate positive charge carriers and negative charge carriers in the semiconductor single crystal. The semiconductor single crystal may be a cadmium zinc telluride (CdZnTe) single crystal or a cadmium telluride (CdTe) single crystal. The radiation detector comprises a first electrical contact in electrical contact with the semiconductor single crystal and a second electrical contact surrounding the first electrical contact or the semiconductor single crystal. The first electrical contact is configured to collect the negative charge carriers. The second electrical contact is configured to cause the positive charge carriers to drift out of the semiconductor single crystal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: SHENZHEN XPECTVISION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Peiyan Cao, Yurun Liu
  • Patent number: 10976247
    Abstract: The invention discloses a NIR method for fatty acid content of oilseeds, including: selection of oilseed samples, and analyzing the oilseed samples by an near infrared spectrometer to obtain NIR spectra; preprocessing of NIR spectra and establishment of a NIR spectral database of oilseeds; establishment of a fatty acid database of oilseeds based on gas chromatography; establishment of prediction model of fatty acids in oilseeds; acquiring NIR spectrum of a sample to be tested by the near infrared spectrometer, and importing the preprocessed NIR spectrum into the prediction model of fatty acids to obtain the predicted fatty acid content of the tested sample. The method is simple and rapid to operate and is non-destructive, and the detection time of the sample is greatly shortened and the detection cost is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: OIL CROPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE, CHINESE ACADEMY OF ARGICULTURAL SCIENCES
    Inventors: Liangxiao Zhang, Peiwu Li, Zhe Yuan, Du Wang, Xuefang Wang, Wen Zhang, Qi Zhang
  • Patent number: 10978600
    Abstract: An active imaging system comprising an illumination source for emitting a radiation pulse towards a target resulting in radiation reflected from the target, a receiver comprising one or more germanium photodiodes for receiving the reflected radiation, and a method for using same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: TriEye Ltd.
    Inventors: Ariel Danan, Omer Kapach, Uriel Levy, Avraham Bakal
  • Patent number: 10976266
    Abstract: An apparatus for inspecting a component of an aerial power line. A frame has a support member extending along a support member axis. The support member is mountable about the power line in proximity to the component. The support member is rotatable about the line axis upon being mounted about the power line. A stabilizing member is mountable to a stabilizing structure separate from the power line. The stabilizing member is mountable to the support member to rotate the support member about the line axis. A source of electromagnetic imaging energy is mounted to the support member and has an emitter to face the component. A detector is mounted to the support member at a distance from the source to position the component between the source and the detector. The source and/or the detector is displaceable along the support member axis to vary the distance separating the detector and source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventors: Nicolas Pouliot, Gilles Rousseau, Marco Lepage, François Morin, Pierre-Luc Richard, Eric Lavoie
  • Patent number: 10976269
    Abstract: An X-ray apparatus includes a mount, an X-ray source, a detector, an optical gauge and a motor. The mount is configured to hold a planar sample having a first side, which is smooth, and a second side, which is opposite the first side and on which a pattern has been formed. The X-ray source is configured to direct a first beam of X-rays toward the first side of the sample. The detector is positioned on the second side of the sample so as to receive at least a part of the X-rays that have been transmitted through the sample and scattered from the pattern. The optical gauge is configured to direct a second beam of optical radiation toward the first side of the sample, to sense the optical radiation that is reflected from the first side of the sample, and to output a signal, in response to the sensed optical radiation, that is indicative of a position of the sample. The motor is configured to adjust an alignment between the detector and the sample in response to the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: BRUKER TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventors: Yuri Vinshtein, Alexander Krokhmal, Asher Peled, Guy Sheaffer, Matthew Wormington