Patents Examined by Jamil Ahmed
  • Patent number: 10837902
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for in-situ phase determination are provided. The apparatus includes a measurement chamber configured to retain a substance, and an entrance window mounted on a side of the measurement chamber. An exit window is mounted on an opposite side of the measurement chamber, and the exit window is parallel with the entrance window. The apparatus further includes a light source configured to generate an incident light beam. The incident light beam is directed to the entrance window at a non-zero angle of incidence with respect to a normal of the entrance window. The incident light beam passes through the entrance window, the measurement chamber and the exit window to form an output light beam. A detector is positioned under the exit window and configured to collect the output light beam passing through the exit window and generate measurement data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Ivan Maleev, Mihail Mihaylov, Hanyou Chu, Ching-Ling Meng, Qionglin Gao, Yan Chen, Xinkang Tian
  • Patent number: 10830704
    Abstract: An apparatus may include a frame layer having a recess, a substrate secured to the frame layer at least partially across the recess and a surface enhanced luminescence (SEL) stage supported by the substrate within the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Chien-Hua Chen, Michael W. Cumbie, Devin A. Mourey
  • Patent number: 10823649
    Abstract: A microfluidic device includes a sample inlet for a fluid sample, a degassing chamber having a gas-permeable membrane and defining first and second portions separated by the gas permeable membrane, and a detection chamber. The sample inlet and the detection chamber are fluidly coupled to the first and second portions, respectively of the degassing chamber. The detection chamber is operably coupled to a light source and a detector. Assessing a concentration of chlorine gas in an aqueous sample includes providing an aqueous sample to a microfluidic device, separating gas from the aqueous sample in the microfluidic device, providing the gas to a detector, assessing the absorbance of the gas sample at a known absorption wavelength of chlorine, and based on the assessed absorbance of the gas sample at the known absorption wavelength of chlorine, assessing a concentration of chlorine gas in the aqueous sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Arizona Board of Regents on behalf of Arizona State University
    Inventors: Paul K. Westerhoff, Shahnawaz Sinha, Treavor Boyer
  • Patent number: 10823664
    Abstract: Methods for pump-probe spectroscopy are provided. In an embodiment, such a method comprises directing pump light having a frequency ?pump at a location in a sample to excite a transition between two quantum states of a target entity in the sample, directing probe light at the location to generate a coherent output signal having a frequency ?output and a wavevector koutput, and detecting the output signal as the probe light is scanned over a range of frequencies. In the method, either the transition excited by the pump light is a multiphoton transition corresponding to a frequency difference of n*?pump, wherein n?2; or the probe light is a set of m coherent light pulses, each coherent light pulse having a frequency ?m and a wavevector km, wherein m?2; or both. Systems for carrying out the methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
    Inventors: Darien James Morrow, Daniel David Kohler, John Curtis Wright
  • Patent number: 10816909
    Abstract: Described is a metrology system for determining a characteristic of interest relating to at least one structure on a substrate, and associated method. The metrology system comprises a processor being configured to computationally determine phase and amplitude information from a detected characteristic of scattered radiation having been reflected or scattered by the at least one structure as a result of illumination of said at least one structure with illumination radiation in a measurement acquisition, and use the determined phase and amplitude to determine the characteristic of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Patricius Aloysius Jacobus Tinnemans, Arie Jeffrey Den Boef, Armand Eugene Albert Koolen, Nitesh Pandey, Vasco Tomas Tenner, Willem Marie Julia Marcel Coene, Patrick Warnaar
  • Patent number: 10816481
    Abstract: A non-destructive measurement unit of gas concentration in sealed containers and an automatic filling and/or packaging line using such a unit are provided. The flexible containers are at least partially optically transparent, and the measurement unit comprises a light source for emitting a light beam at a wavelength tunable with an absorption wavelength of a gas contained in the sealed flexible container. The light source directs the light beam toward at least one inspection area, and a detector detects at least a portion of the beam after the beam passes through the inspection area and outputs data representative of an absorption spectrum of the gas. Means for generating a head space of predefined width into the sealed flexible container is adapted to advance the sealed flexible container by an advancement path which crosses the inspection zone and to maintain the predefined width of the head space during the advancement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: FT SYSTEM S.R.L.
    Inventors: Fabio Forestelli, Gian Carlo Frazzi
  • Patent number: 10816475
    Abstract: Methods and devices for cytometric analysis are provided. A cytometry apparatus is provided which may be used with a stationary sample cuvette for analysis of a stationary sample or with a flow sample cuvette for analysis of a flowing sample. The methods and devices provided herein may be used to perform cytometric analysis of samples under a wide range of experimental and environmental conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Labrador Diagnostics LLC
    Inventors: Chinmay Pangarkar, Karan Mohan
  • Patent number: 10801957
    Abstract: A method for molecular chirality detection is described. The method includes providing a substrate defining an array of hole-disks, each hole-disk coupled with an asymmetric optical cavity. Each asymmetric optical cavity having a back reflector separating a plasmonic pattern by an appropriate selection of thickness. The substrate is illuminated to simultaneously excite two degenerate localized surface plasmon modes producing a strong chiral near-field. The method may also include generating a characterization of chiral molecules on the substrate based on the strong chiral near-field. Substrates and detectors for molecular chirality detection are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventors: Debashis Chanda, Abraham Vázquez-Guardado
  • Patent number: 10794883
    Abstract: An embodiment provides a method for measuring aluminum concentration in an aqueous sample, including: preparing a chromeazurol S indicator solution; placing the chromeazurol S indicator solution in a sample containing aluminum, wherein the placing causes the chromeazurol S to chelate aluminum within the sample creating a colored complex; and measuring, using colorimetric techniques, a concentration of aluminum within the sample, wherein the measuring comprises measuring an absorbance at a wavelength for the colored complex. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Hach Company
    Inventors: Melanie Ann Roth, Angella NIcholle Greenawalt
  • Patent number: 10788432
    Abstract: A weld scanner for a real-life bridge and scanning method thereof is disclosed. The weld scanner includes a running portion and a scanning portion mounted on a scanner chassis. A front end and a tail end of the scanner chassis are both provided with a laser range finder. A magnet is arranged at a bottom portion of the scanner chassis. The scanning portion includes a probe slider, a bendable metal pipe and a probe connected in sequence. A gear is arranged on the probe slider, and the gear is meshed with a rack inside a scanner chassis chute. The weld scanner scans while the running portion moves forward along a weld, and scans a suspected defect position more carefully when a magnetic field change is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Hohai University
    Inventors: Zhongqiu Fu, Bohai Ji, Qiudong Wang, Zhouzhiyuan Yuan
  • Patent number: 10768050
    Abstract: A multi-analyte sensor system based on hollow core photonic bandgap fiber and Raman anti-Stokes spectroscopy. The system includes: i) an inlet to introduce an analyte sample into an analyzer chamber which analyzer includes; ii) a measurement system to derive the anti-Stokes spectral peaks and/or spectra of the sample; iii) a set of reference calibrants corresponding to the analytes of which the sample is primarily comprised; iv) a second inlet to introduce said calibrants into the analyzer chamber; v) a second measurement system to derive the anti-Stokes spectral peaks and/or spectra of the calibrants vi) an outlet through which the sample and calibrants are expelled from the analyzer chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Finesse Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Selker, Barbara Paldus
  • Patent number: 10768046
    Abstract: A spectrometry device includes a first converter that processes a reception signal based on an irradiation light from a first emitter, a second converter that processes a reception signal based on an irradiation light from a second emitter, and a controller that controls the first emitter and the second emitter. The reception signal based on the irradiation light irradiated from the first emitter includes a first reception signal and a second reception signal that each include information that relates to an optical spectrum. When the controller stops the operation of the second emitter, the first converter converts the first reception signal into a first digital signal and the second converter converts the second reception signal into a second digital signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventor: Masanori Okada
  • Patent number: 10768047
    Abstract: A multispectral sensor device may include a sensor array comprising a plurality of channels and one or more processors to determine that a time-sensitive measurement is to be performed, wherein the time-sensitive measurement is to be performed using data collected by one or more channels of the plurality of channels; cause the data to be collected by a proper subset of channels, of the plurality of channels, wherein the proper subset of channels includes the one or more channels; and determine the time-sensitive measurement based on the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: VIAVI Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: William D. Houck, Valton Smith
  • Patent number: 10768117
    Abstract: Monitoring and detection of algae in surface water and wastewater is of significant importance, yet there is currently no quick and simple method to achieve this. The present work illustrates a new method to determine the concentration of algae in water and wastewater samples using spectrophotometry, the first derivative of absorbance, and a smoothing technique applied to the first derivative of absorbance (e.g. Savitzky-Golay). The relationship between algal concentration and absorbance for three types of water samples (distilled, surface, and wastewater) was determined in the visible wavelength range, and the effect of using the first derivative of absorbance method on improving algal concentration detection limit was established. Using the first derivative of absorbance method improves algal detection limits, reduces the effect of background absorbance and the resolution of overlapping spectra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventors: Banu Ormeci, Andrew Glover, Kerim Kollu
  • Patent number: 10763089
    Abstract: There is provision of a method of determining wastage including: processing a substrate using a plasma generated by multiple gases including fluorine gas; obtaining light emission intensity of each gas of the multiple gases including fluorine gas from the plasma, by an optical emission spectrometer (OES); and calculating a wastage rate of a particular expendable part from the obtained light emission intensity of each gas of the multiple gases including fluorine gas, with reference to a storage section storing a wastage rate of the particular expendable part in association with the light emission intensity of each gas of the multiple gases including fluorine gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Shu Kusano, Yusuke Hirayama
  • Patent number: 10753200
    Abstract: Systems and methods for transmitting power and information using acoustic energy produced by transducers are provided. The systems have particular application for powering and communication with electronics through drilling and pipe systems. Pairs of acoustic wedges holding transducers are provided for sending energy and information through a substrate which may be a steel pipe. Each wedge has an angled transducer which can be used to produce shear waves. The waves propagate through the substrate and are received by a second acoustic wedge. The shear waves, on reaching the second acoustic wedge, are converted back into electrical signals by a second transducer. Tangential shear waves, high, shallow wave transmission angles, and direct steel-steel bonding between wedges and substrates may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Inventors: Henry A. Scarton, Gary J. Saulnier, Kyle R. Wilt, R. Benjamin Litman
  • Patent number: 10753843
    Abstract: Provided is a gel particle measuring apparatus for detecting scattered light generated by light irradiation at a production start time point of a gel particle, and performing measurement promptly and accurately while suppressing attenuation of the scattered light in a solvent in which the phenomenon occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: PROJECT KBF CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toru Obata, Juichiro Ukon
  • Patent number: 10746544
    Abstract: An optoelectronic module includes a non-transitory computer-readable medium comprising machine-readable instructions stored thereon, that when executed on a processor, perform operations for calibrating the optoelectronic module and collecting distance data with the optoelectronic module. Methods for calibrating and collecting distance data include using an optoelectronic module with the non-transitory computer-readable medium that includes the aforementioned instructions. In some instances, a first target is highly reflective, and a second target is highly absorbing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: ams Sensors Singapore Pte. Ltd
    Inventors: Javier Miguel Sànchez, Miguel Bruno Vaello Paños
  • Patent number: 10739237
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing a biological sample for optical analysis having a cartridge with a sample supply container and a couvette, a cartridge/magazine holding the cartridge, and a cassette fan positioned over the cartridge. A filter cassette is mounted within the cassette fan, wherein the filter cassette has an inlet for receiving a sample from the sample supply container, an outlet for discharging the filter sample into the couvette, and valves therein to manipulate the sample for filtering. A cassette clamp is positioned over the filter cassette to secure the cassette and operate the filter cassette. A method for implementing this apparatus is also described herein. Additionally an apparatus is used for and a method measures waste fluid that passes over a filter element to control the amount of rinse fluid passing over the filter element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: POCARED Diagnostics LTD.
    Inventor: Gal Ingber
  • Patent number: 10732030
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and devices for determining end of life of a light fixture by comparing the light output of a control LED of the fixture with the light output of an illumination LED of the fixture. The control LED is energized for a short period of time for the purpose of measuring its light output. The illumination LED is energized for the duration of time of the light fixture itself. In this way, the amount of degradation of the illumination LED can be determined by comparison with the control LED. If the light output of the illumination LED falls below a threshold level, actions may be take, such as, for example, sounding an alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Astronics Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffery Basil Lendaro