Patents Examined by Hugh Maupin
  • Patent number: 11555147
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses, in one arrangement, a scintillator material made of a metal halide with one or more additional group-13 elements. An example of such a compound is Ce:LaBr3 with thallium (Tl) added, either as a codopant or in a stoichiometric admixture and/or solid solution between LaBr3 and TlBr. In another arrangement, the above single crystalline iodide scintillator material can be made by first synthesizing a compound of the above composition and then forming a single crystal from the synthesized compound by, for example, the Vertical Gradient Freeze method. Applications of the scintillator materials include radiation detectors and their use in medical and security imaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Carl Cohen, Alexander Andrew Carey, Mark S. Andreaco, Matthias J. Schmand
  • Patent number: 11550070
    Abstract: There may be provided a radiation sensing device that includes a first TMOS with temperature dependent electrical parameters; wherein the first TMOS is exposed to radiation, and a second TMOS transistor that is sheltered from radiation. The radiation sensing device performs a differential measurement, and applied various measures for noise reduction, and maintaining the stability of the radiation sensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Technion Research and Development Foundation Ltd.
    Inventors: Yael Nemirovsky, Sharon Bar-Lev Shefi, Igor Brouk
  • Patent number: 11543298
    Abstract: A temperature calibration method includes providing a temperature measuring device including a movable shutter module, and a first and a second non-contacting temperature sensing module, and a movable shutter structure of the movable shutter module includes a black substance for generating a predetermined heating temperature; moving the movable shutter structure to a first position by driving of the electric control driver, so as to completely block a first temperature-measuring viewing angle of the first non-contacting temperature sensing module and a second temperature-measuring viewing angle of the second non-contacting temperature sensing module by the black substance; measuring the predetermined heating temperature that is generated by the black substance by the second non-contacting temperature sensing module at the second temperature-measuring viewing angle so as to obtain black body temperature information of the black substance; and calibrating the first non-contacting temperature sensing module acco
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Inventors: Yung-Chang Chang, Feng-Lien Huang, Chien-Wen Huang, Yi-Chun Tsai, Po-Hung Chen
  • Patent number: 11543241
    Abstract: Systems and methods for measuring the concentricity of golf balls using varying energy levels to gather and analyze data on concentricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Paul Furze, Brian Comeau
  • Patent number: 11536860
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a sensor unit with a conversion element and a readout substrate. The conversion element has imaging pixels and each imaging pixel is configured to directly convert radiation into an electrical charge. Each imaging pixel has a charge collection electrode. The imaging pixels have first imaging pixels and second imaging pixels. The readout substrate has a plurality of readout pixels arranged in a grid. Each readout pixel is connected to an associated imaging pixel by means of an interconnection at a connection position on the charge collection electrode. The second imaging pixels are shifted in a shifting direction relative to the first imaging pixels. The connection positions, in relation to the charge collection electrodes, are different between the first imaging pixels and the second imaging pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Direct Conversion AB
    Inventor: Christer Ullberg
  • Patent number: 11536858
    Abstract: Provided is a radiation monitor and the like capable of appropriately measuring radiation. A radiation monitor (100) includes: radiation detection units (11, 12); optical fibers (13p, 13q) that transmit light generated by a plurality of radiation detection elements (11a, 12a) to merge; a light detection unit (14) that converts the light after merging guided to the light detection unit into an electric pulse; a measurement device (15) that calculates a dose rate of radiation based on a count rate of the electric pulses; and an analysis/display device (16). Housings (11b, 12b) include a housing (11b) made of a first material and another housing (12b) made of a second material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiro Tadokoro, Yuichiro Ueno, Katsunori Ueno, Kouichi Okada, Shuichi Hatakeyama, Yasushi Nagumo, Takahiro Itou, Yoshinobu Sakakibara
  • Patent number: 11519892
    Abstract: A precision agriculture support system is provided with a measuring device, a storage device and a plant species determining unit. The measuring device measures a first spectral characteristic of light derived from vegetation in a support target area. The storage device stores a database of spectrum according to species that shows a spectral characteristic of a desired crop. The plant species determining unit determines whether a plant included in the vegetation is the desired crop or not based on the database of spectrum according to species and a measurement result of the first spectral characteristic. The plant species determination unit further carries out distinction of agricultural crops, distinction of agricultural crops and weeds and the like. Furthermore, the precision agriculture support system identifies an area where abnormality is occurring, estimates a nature of the abnormality and carries out an early warning by providing a countermeasure against the abnormality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignees: SARANIASAT, INC
    Inventors: Shinji Nozaki, Thomas George
  • Patent number: 11519862
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and systems for assessing the quality of a meat product. In certain embodiments, the present disclosure provides a method of assessing quality of a meat product, the method comprising receiving data representative of light emitted from the meat product upon application of incident light to the meat product, analysing the data to determine one or more parameters indicative of quality of the meat product, and assessing the quality of the meat product on the basis of the one or more parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: MEQ PROBE PTY LTD
    Inventors: Andrew Grant, Remo Carbone, Mark Hutchinson
  • Patent number: 11520059
    Abstract: A detector of high-energy (higher than 100 eV) ionising radiation, including an optical fibre having an outside diameter, called the fibre diameter, smaller than 250 microns, including a fibre core, a first cladding, called the useful cladding, encircling the fibre core and a second cladding, called the protective cladding, encircling the useful cladding, and a scintillating layer provided to convert the ionising radiation into light; including a portion, called the detecting portion, arranged in a length of the fibre and having a void formed in the protective cladding, in the useful cladding, and possibly in the fibre core, the scintillating layer being arranged in the void in contact with the useful cladding and the fibre core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Inventor: Thierry Grosjean
  • Patent number: 11513112
    Abstract: A method including identifying a subject as possibly having a benign tumor in ovarian tissue and obtaining an infrared spectrum of a PBMC sample of the subject and assessing a characteristic of the sample at at least one wavenumber selected from the group consisting of: 754.0±4 cm-1, 1103.6±4 cm-1, 1121.4±4 cm-1, 1346.1±4 cm-1, 1376.9±4 cm-1, 753.50±4 cm-1, 850.5±4 cm-1, 918.9±4 cm-1, 1058.7±4 cm-1, 1187.9±4 cm-1 and 1651.7±4 cm-1. Using a processor comparing, at the at least one wavenumber, the infrared spectrum to an infrared spectrum obtained from a PBMC sample from a person without a benign tumor, to detect a difference between the infrared spectrum of the PBMC sample of the subject and the infrared spectrum obtained from the PBMC sample from the person without a benign tumor. Other applications are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Inventors: Udi Zelig, Rami Zigdon
  • Patent number: 11493444
    Abstract: A method is provided for verifying the authenticity of an article which bears a security mark. The method includes irradiating the security mark with a time-varying light source, ascertaining at least one portion of the emissions spectrum of the irradiated security mark with at least one photodetector, determining the photoluminescence lifetime of the security mark by monitoring the time or frequency response of the photodetector, and verifying the authenticity of the article only if the security mark exhibits a photoluminescence which has a lifetime that falls within the range of appropriate values for each portion of the photoluminescence spectrum for which the photoluminescence lifetime of said security mark was ascertained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: UbiQD, Inc.
    Inventor: Hunter McDaniel
  • Patent number: 11493647
    Abstract: A radiation detector includes a first detecting part including a first organic detection layer and a first layer, and a second detecting part including a second organic detection layer. The first layer includes a first material and a first thickness. The second detecting part does not include the first layer. The second detecting part does not include a second layer, or the second detecting part includes the second layer that includes at least one of a second material or a second thickness. The second material is different from the first material. The second thickness is different from the first thickness. The first material includes at least one of a first organic material or a first element. The second material includes at least one of a second organic material or a second element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Inventors: Kohei Nakayama, Atsushi Wada, Fumihiko Aiga, Isao Takasu, Yuko Nomura
  • Patent number: 11493648
    Abstract: A radiation monitor includes a radiation detection unit detecting radiation, and an optical fiber transmitting photons emitted from a light emitting element of the radiation detection unit, wherein the radiation detection unit includes a first light emitting element generating a photon in response to incident radiation, a chemical compound part having chemical compounds which generate charged particles by nuclear reactions with incident neutrons, and a second light emitting element being located between the first light emitting element and the chemical compound part and generating a photon in response to radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiro Tadokoro, Yuichiro Ueno, Katsunori Ueno, Kouichi Okada, Shuichi Hatakeyama, Yasushi Nagumo, Tooru Shibutani, Keisuke Sasaki, Akira Oozone
  • Patent number: 11479719
    Abstract: A nanocrystal scintillator that contains a thin-film layer of perovskite-based quantum dots coated on a substrate layer. The quantum dots each have a formula of CsPbXaY3-a, CH3NH3PbX3, or NH2CH?NH2PbX3, in which each of X and Y, independently, is Cl, Br, or I, and a is 0-3. The substrate layer is an aluminum substrate, a fluoropolymer substrate, a fiber optic plate, a ceramic substrate, or a rubber substrate. Also disclosed are an ionizing radiation detector and an ionizing radiation imaging system containing such a nanocrystal scintillator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Inventors: Xiaogang Liu, Qiushui Chen
  • Patent number: 11480471
    Abstract: An infrared temperature sensor comprises a first communication port and a second communication port. A plurality of infrared temperature sensors can be cascaded to each other and connected to an external host controller through the second communication port. The external host controller can set up and administer the unique addresses of the plurality of the infrared temperature sensors through the second communication port, whereby to selectively perform multicasting communication or unicasting communication with the plurality of infrared temperature sensors through the first communication port. The infrared temperature sensor further comprises a second thermopile sensing element used to sense the thermal radiation of a package structure, whereby to compensate for the measurement error induced by temperature variation of the package structure. Thus, the measurement accuracy is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Inventors: Jenping Ku, Chein-Hsun Wang, Chein-Hsing Yu, Wen-Chang Yu
  • Patent number: 11474051
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a dual mode detection method, controller and system, which relates to the technical field of radiation detection. The dual mode detection method of the present disclosure includes: determining a ratio of neutron to X-ray differential cross sections of an inspected object, according to X-ray object detection data, X-ray object-free detection data, neutron object detection data, and neutron object-free detection data; determining a substance type of the inspected object according to a correspondence between the ratio of neutron to X-ray differential cross sections of the inspected object and the substance type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Inventors: Yigang Yang, Xuewu Wang, Zhi Zhang, Yuanjing Li, Jianmin Li
  • Patent number: 11474264
    Abstract: Eutectic lithium chloride-cerium chloride (LiCl—CeCl3) compositions are described. An exemplary eutectic composition has about 75 mole % LiCl and about 25 mole % CeCl3. The eutectic compositions can have optical and/or scintillation properties. Also described are methods of preparing the eutectic compositions as well as methods of using radiation detectors including the eutectic compositions in the detection of radiation, including thermal neutrons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: University of Tennessee Research Foundation
    Inventors: Mariya Zhuravleva, Yuntao Wu, Charles L. Melcher
  • Patent number: 11467085
    Abstract: A solid dosage component detection method for a solid dosage component measurement device comprises generating a transmitting electromagnetic wave with a terahertz frequency and emitting to a solid dosage component; detecting a receiving electromagnetic wave with a terahertz frequency through the solid dosage component; comparing the transmitting electromagnetic wave incident on the solid dosage component with the receiving electromagnetic wave received from the solid dosage component to detect a plurality of signal characteristics differences between the transmitting and receiving electromagnetic waves; and discriminating polymorphism of a testing pharmaceutical in the solid dosage component, calculating a concentration of the testing pharmaceutical in the solid dosage component, and analyzing a coating layer thickness and a porosity of the solid dosage component based on the plurality of signal characteristics differences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Advanced ACEBIOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jyh-Chern Chen, Yi-Ping Lin, Cho-Yen Tsai, Shen-Fu Hsu
  • Patent number: 11467036
    Abstract: A cold-tunnel system is disclosed for recovery of thermal emissivity of extended targets. The cold-tunnel system is comprised of an infrared camera having a thermal imaging lens; an aperture plate having a hole aligned with the thermal imaging lens; four cold-wall panels assembled in a box pattern as a cold-tunnel assembly to form a cold tunnel; an air-blowing desiccator affixed to each cold-wall panel; an external liquid chiller to chill a reservoir of working fluid; a target under test; and an extended source blackbody reference disposed directly behind the target under test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Inventors: Jason G. Zeibel, William Paul Blase, John K. Delaney
  • Patent number: 11459608
    Abstract: Fluorescence imaging system designs are described that provide larger fields-of-view, increased spatial resolution, improved modulation transfer and image quality, higher spatial sampling frequency, faster transitions between image capture when repositioning the sample plane to capture a series of images (e.g., of different fields-of-view), and improved imaging system duty cycle, and thus enable higher throughput image acquisition and analysis for genomics and other imaging applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventors: Steve Xiangling Chen, Minghao Guo, Michael Previte, Chunhong Zhou, Derek Fuller