Patents Examined by Hugh Maupin
  • Patent number: 10413264
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a computed tomography system, comprising: a table with a hole therein, wherein the table is configured to support a person lying face down thereon, with at least one of the person's breasts projecting through the hole; an X-ray source; an X-ray detector comprising a plurality of pixels; wherein the X-ray source is configured to rotate around the at least one of the person's breasts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventors: Peiyan Cao, Rui Ding
  • Patent number: 10415378
    Abstract: A method utilized in borehole logging, such as in surveying or exploration relating to a subsurface formation. The method includes deploying a logging instrument that includes a pressure sensor into a borehole drilled into the formation. The method includes the steps of obtaining a first pressure value at a first depth in the borehole, obtaining at least one further pressure value subsequent to the first pressure value during withdrawing or advancing the logging instrument in the borehole, and determining one or more characteristics of the subsurface formation, utilizing at least one of the further pressure values, or a change in pressure (??) between the first pressure value and a said further pressure value or values, or a change in pressure (??) between a said further pressure value and another said further pressure value, or a combination of two or more of such values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: MINEX CRC LTD
    Inventors: Brett James Wilkinson, Gordon Henderson Stewart, Jerome Christian Dupuis, Anton Kepic
  • Patent number: 10416343
    Abstract: In one example, an image data correction device is configured to an ionizing radiation detection device, wherein the ionizing radiation detection device is configured to detect ionizing radiation in a plurality of energy ranges transmitted through an object to which radiation is irradiated from a radiation source, the radiation detection device comprising: a first detector for detecting ionizing radiation in a first energy range that is transmitted through the object to generate first radiation image data; a second detector configured in parallel to the first detector with a predetermined region sandwiched between the first and the second detectors, for detecting ionizing radiation in a second energy range that is transmitted through the object to generate second radiation image data. The first and the second detectors are configured to receive the ionizing radiation concurrently so that the first and the second image data are generated concurrently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Detection Technology Oy
    Inventor: Mikko Matikkala
  • Patent number: 10408748
    Abstract: A system and method for non-destructively determining characteristics of a vegetable or fruit may include processing an image of the vegetable or fruit to produce image analysis results; analyzing light emitted by a Near Infrared Reflectance (NIR) device and reflected from the vegetable or fruit to produce reflection analysis results; and calculating at least one value that reflects at least one characteristic of the vegetable or fruit based on the image analysis results and based on the reflection analysis results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: ClariFruit
    Inventors: Avi Schwartzer, Ruby Boyarksi
  • Patent number: 10401222
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to systems and methods for imaging an object obscured by a distorted medium. The embodiments include an object emitting electromagnetic energy due to rapid heating. The electromagnetic energy for the object passes through the distorted medium. Embodiments combine an adaptive optics system, an adaptive holographic plates/filters system, an optical based multi-wavelength sensor system, and a phase diversity processor system to provide a corrected image of the object obscured by the distorted medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America, as Represente by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Phillip P. Land, Samuel C. Thompson, Kaleep R. Williams, Robert P. Hartwell
  • Patent number: 10393649
    Abstract: A THz bolometer detector includes a directional antenna 1 that receives a THz wave having a wavelength ? and radiates the received THz wave, a reception antenna 2 that is provided so as to face the directional antenna 1, and a bolometer 4 that detects heat generation due to a current flowing in the reception antenna 2. The directional antenna 1 overlaps the reception antenna 2 in plan view, and a longitudinal length of the directional antenna 1 is set to be less than a longitudinal length of the reception antenna 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventors: Ryusuke Kitaura, Masatoshi Ishihara, Masahiro Yamazaki, Hironori Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10393892
    Abstract: A circuit (300) for detecting the appearance of x-rays with a view to triggering a radiological image capture, comprising a set (301) of photodiodes that is connected to a ground (GD), an amplifying circuit (302) and a capacitor (C2), the amplifying circuit (302) comprising an amplifier (AMP) and a voltage source (GEN) and being connected, via a first input, to the output of the set (301) of photodiodes, the capacitor (C2) being connected between the ground (GD) and a second input of the amplifier (AMP), the detecting circuit (300) being characterized in that the amplifying circuit (302) is configured to carry out in succession the steps of: Charging the capacitor (C2) with a reference voltage (Vref) generated by the voltage source (GEN); Isolating the second input of the amplifier (AMP) from the voltage source (GEN); and Integrating the current generated by the set (301) of photodiodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventors: Christine Charrat, Caroline Papaix, Stéphane Gesset
  • Patent number: 10386241
    Abstract: A calibration system for sensors is provided. The calibration system includes an array of blackbody elements. Each blackbody element includes a high emissivity surface. The high emissivity surface can be formed using carbon nanotubes. In addition, each blackbody element includes a heating element and a temperature sensor. The heating element is operated to bring the blackbody element to a set point temperature, as determined by the temperature sensor. As an example, the calibration system can be used in connection with sensors sensitive to infrared wavelengths that is carried by a satellite or other platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Bevan D. Staple, Matthew L. Gross, Jerold L. Cole, John C. Fleming, Sandra R. Collins, Beth H. Kelsic
  • Patent number: 10388486
    Abstract: A high energy beam verification, calibration, and profiling system includes a conductive base plate, supports extending from the base plate, a plurality of conductors, a data logger electrically connected to the conductors, and a computer electrically connected to the data logger. Each conductor is supported by some of the supports such that each conductor is insulated from the conductive base plate. Each conductor has a profile intersecting with profiles of at least some of the other conductors to define a multidirectional and two-dimensional array of conductors. The data logger receives and records data associated with electrical charges flowing through the conductors. The computer is adapted to receive, manipulate, and display the data recorded by the data logger for comparison of beam characteristics at different locations across a high energy beam build area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Lewis Mullen, Joseph Robinson
  • Patent number: 10386788
    Abstract: An infrared imaging system includes a phase grating overlying a two-dimensional array of thermally sensitive pixels. The phase grating comprises a two-dimensional array of identical subgratings that define a system of Cartesian coordinates. The subgrating and pixel arrays are sized and oriented such that the pixels are evenly distributed with respect to the row and column intersections of the subgratings. The location of each pixel thus maps to a unique location beneath a virtual archetypical subgrating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Rambus Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick R. Gill, David G. Stork, John Eric Linstadt
  • Patent number: 10376227
    Abstract: A dental x-ray sensor holder 10 for securing an x-ray sensor 1 to a holder using suction created between the sensor and a backing plate 3 of the sensor holder. The dental x-ray sensor holder generally includes a bite block 2 with a first end and a second end, a backing plate 3 affixed to or formed contiguously with the second end of the bite block, and an opening 17 to a cavity 20 in the holder, wherein said cavity 20 leads an evacuation chamber 14 for creating a vacuum between the holder and an X-ray sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc.
    Inventor: Tod Brenner
  • Patent number: 10371572
    Abstract: An integrated electronic device for detecting the composition of ultraviolet radiation includes a cathode region formed by a semiconductor material with a first type of conductivity. A first anode region and a second anode region are laterally staggered with respect to one another and are set in contact with the cathode region. The cathode region and the first anode region form a first sensor. The cathode region and the second anode region form a second sensor. In a spectral range formed by the UVA band and by the UVB band, the first and second sensors have, respectively, a first spectral responsivity and a second spectral responsivity different from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Massimo Cataldo Mazzillo, Antonella Sciuto, Paolo Badalà
  • Patent number: 10371832
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a method for imaging photons, including: receiving a dataset associated with a plurality of photon events, the photon events corresponding to photons interacting with a photon imaging device, wherein the photon imaging device comprises a photon guide assembly and a detector array; the photon guide assembly comprising a plurality of photon guides positioned at an oblique angle with respect to the detector array; and producing an oblique planar projection image of the plurality of photon events by processing the dataset. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: KROMEK GROUP, PLC
    Inventors: James William Hugg, Ian Radley
  • Patent number: 10359519
    Abstract: A nuclear medicine diagnostic apparatus according to an embodiment includes a scintillator configured to be formed of a single crystal and convert a gamma ray into light; a plurality of photodetectors configured to be arranged on different faces or tangents of the scintillator and each of which is configured to output an electric signal in response to incidence of the light resulting from the converting by the scintillator; storage circuitry configured to store, in advance, correspondence information in which each position in the scintillator is associated with a first intensity distribution indicating intensities of the electric signals that are output by the respective photodetectors; and specifying circuitry configured to specify a conversion position in which the gamma ray that is emitted from the subject is converted into the light in the scintillator by using the correspondence information and a second intensity distribution indicating the intensities of the electric signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Manabu Teshigawara
  • Patent number: 10356342
    Abstract: An X ray detector with single photon measurement capabilities includes a layer of photosensitive material and an N×M array of photo-detector diodes in the layer of photosensitive material. The photo-detector diodes have a bias potential interface and a diode output interface. An N×M array of high gain, low noise readout unit cells are assigned to the photo-detector diodes. Each readout unit cell has an input interface connecting the diode output interface to a high-gain charge-to-voltage amplifier with integration capacitors. The high-gain charge-to-voltage amplifier can switch between different gains. A comparator and a digital block monitors the charge of the integration capacitance and switches the gain depending from the monitored charge of the integration capacitance. The pixel detector provides the possibility of in pixel intermediate evaluation of an automatic gain switching circuit state to increase the dynamic range of the detector in case of quasi continuous incoming particle flux.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Paul Scherrer Institut
    Inventors: Dominic Greiffenberg, Aldo Mozzanica, Xintian Shi, Bernd Schmitt
  • Patent number: 10345457
    Abstract: A scintillation light detecting device distinguishes between signals from scintillator elements. The device includes a scintillator array. In the scintillator array, the scintillator elements have mutually different decay time constants for emitted light generated as a result of an incident radiation event. A photomultiplier tube that receives light output from the scintillator elements and converts the light into an electrical signal. In relation to the event, an arithmetic processing device detects a peak value and an integrated charge quantity in a voltage waveform of the electrical signal from the photomultiplier tube, and identifies the scintillator element in the scintillator array to which the electrical signal, resulting from the incidence of radiation onto the scintillator element, is attributable, in accordance with a ratio between the detected peak value and integrated electric charge quantity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: National University Corporation Hokkaido University
    Inventors: Masayori Ishikawa, Ryo Ogawara
  • Patent number: 10345480
    Abstract: A sensor is provided for monitoring a mineral acid dissolved in a liquid. The sensor includes an internal reflection window which, in use, is in direct contact with the liquid. The sensor further includes a mid-infrared light source which directs a beam of mid-infrared radiation into said window for attenuated internal reflection at an interface between the window and the liquid. The sensor further includes a first narrow bandpass filter which preferentially transmits mid-infrared radiation over a band of wavelengths corresponding to an absorbance peak of the dissolved mineral acid to filter internally reflected mid-infrared radiation received from the window. The sensor further includes an infrared detector which detects filtered mid-infrared radiation transmitted through the first filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventors: Timothy Jones, Nathan Lawrence, Go Fujisawa, Sheng Chao, Li Jiang
  • Patent number: 10337927
    Abstract: Microbolometer is a class of infrared detector whose resistance changes when the temperature changes. In this work, we deposited and characterized Germanium Oxide thin films mixed with Sn (Ge—Sn—O) for uncooled infrared detection. Ge—Sn—O were deposited by co-sputtering of Sn and Ge targets in the Ar+O environment using a radio frequency sputtering system. Optical characterization shows that the absorption in Ge—Sn—O was most sensitive in the wavelength ranges between 1.0-3.0 ?m. The transmission data was further used to determine the optical energy band gap (0.678 eV) of the thin-film using Tauc's equation. We also found the variations of absorption coefficient (1.4802×105 m-1-1.0097×107 m?1), refractive index (1.242-1.350), and the extinction coefficient (0.3255-8.010) for the wavelength ranges between 1.0-3.0 ?m. The thin film's resistivity measured by the four point probe was found to be 4.55 ?-cm and TCR was in the range of ?2.56-?2.25 (%/K) in the temperature range 292-312K.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventors: Mukti Rana, Jaime Damiany Cardona
  • Patent number: 10324049
    Abstract: A process for the preparation and imaging of a sample of rock from an oil and gas reservoir is provided. A sample of reservoir rock may be obtained, such as from a core sample obtained using a core sampling tool inserted in a wellbore extending into an oil and gas reservoir. A photoresist may be deposited on the surface of reservoir rock sample to form a homogenous layer. The photoresist-coated surface of the reservoir rock sample may be imaged using a focused ion beam (FIB). The photoresist protects the pores and other surface features of the rock from damage or implantation by the FIB ion beam and thus minimizes the curtain effect in the resulting images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Dong kyu Cha, Sultan Enezi, Mohammed Al Otaibi, Ali Abdallah Al-Yousef
  • Patent number: 10323988
    Abstract: An infrared temperature measurement method and device, first magnifying an acquired original infrared image according to a predefined magnification factor to obtain a second original infrared image, dividing each original pixel in the second original infrared image to obtain pixel groups comprising multiple pixels; then setting a pixel at a predefined location in each pixel group as a reference pixel; setting the temperatures of the reference pixels as the temperatures of the original pixels corresponding to the reference pixels; next acquiring temperatures of a plurality of target pixels based on the temperatures of the reference pixels; the target pixel is one pixel in the pixel groups; finally acquiring the temperature of the predefined temperature detection point according to the temperatures of the multiple target pixels; the temperature detection point corresponds to the multiple target pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Jianmin Yuan