Patents Examined by Jason McCormack
  • Patent number: 10232068
    Abstract: There is herein described a plasma treatment system and a method for sterilizing. More particularly, there is described a plasma treatment system for rigid containers and a method of using the plasma treatment system for sterilizing the rigid containers. In some aspects, the plasma treatment system includes a sterilizing apparatus having a receptacle with a flexible passageway or indentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Anacail Limited
    Inventors: Hugh Potts, Declan Diver
  • Patent number: 10229823
    Abstract: A mass spectrometer includes a collision cell (16) converging electrode (18), accelerating electrode (19) and front-side ion lens system (20) which is an electrostatic lens, which are all located within a medium-vacuum region, and a partition wall (22) for separating the medium-vacuum region from a high-vacuum region and an ion transport optical system (23) located within the high-vacuum region. Ions which have been extracted and accelerated by an accelerating electric field created between an exit electrode (16a) and the accelerating electrode (19) are focused into a micro-sized ion-passage opening (19a) by the converging electrode (18). The accelerating electrode (19) blocks a stream of gas, thereby decreasing the chance of contact of ions with gas particles behind the electrode. Additionally, the accelerating electric field imparts a considerable amount of kinetic energy to the ions, thereby preventing the ions from being dispersed even when they come in contact with the gas particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaru Nishiguchi, Daisuke Okumura
  • Patent number: 10216872
    Abstract: In an approach for providing simulation results of an interaction between a transducer head and a magnetic medium, a computer identifies a first raster scan of a sample via a scanning probe microscope. The computer generates a topography image based on the first raster scan of the sample. The computer identifies one or more reference features within the created topography image. The computer calculates an average height based on the one or more reference features. The computer determines a lift distance associated with a probe of the scanning probe microscope. The computer defines a uniform plane based on the calculated average height and the determined lift distance. The computer performs a second raster scan of the sample based on the defined uniform plane. The computer generates a fly-height image based on the second raster scan. The computer provides simulation results based at least in part on the second raster scan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ho-Yiu Lam, Jason Liang
  • Patent number: 10213143
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to enclosed desorption electrospray ionization probes, systems, and methods. In certain embodiments, the invention provides a source of DESI-active spray, in which a distal portion of the source is enclosed within a transfer member such that the DESI-active spray is produced within the transfer member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Purdue Research Foundation
    Inventors: Robert Graham Cooks, Zheng Ouyang, Chien-Hsun Chen, Ziqing Lin, Livia Schiavinato Eberlin
  • Patent number: 10210293
    Abstract: In an approach for providing simulation results of an interaction between a transducer head and a magnetic medium, a computer identifies a first raster scan of a sample via a scanning probe microscope. The computer generates a topography image based on the first raster scan of the sample. The computer identifies one or more reference features within the created topography image. The computer calculates an average height based on the one or more reference features. The computer determines a lift distance associated with a probe of the scanning probe microscope. The computer defines a uniform plane based on the calculated average height and the determined lift distance. The computer performs a second raster scan of the sample based on the defined uniform plane. The computer generates a fly-height image based on the second raster scan. The computer provides simulation results based at least in part on the second raster scan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ho-Yiu Lam, Jason Liang
  • Patent number: 10207951
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of this invention relates to a coated article including a low-emissivity (low-E) coating supported by a substrate (e.g., glass substrate) for use in a window, where the low-E coating is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation in order to improve the coating's and thus the coated article's electrical, optical and/or thermal blocking properties. The low-E coating includes at least one infrared (IR) reflecting layer of or including silver which is located on and directly contacting a contact/seed layer of or including metal oxide such as zinc oxide and/or zinc stannate. Exposing the low-E coating to UV radiation, e.g., emitted from a UV lamp(s) and/or UV laser(s), allows for selective heating of the contact/seed layer which in turn transfers the heat energy to the adjacent IR reflecting layer. This heating of the silver inclusive layer improves the silver layer's electrical, optical and/or thermal blocking properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Guardian Glass, LLC
    Inventors: Alexey Krasnov, Muhammad Imran, Willem Den Boer, Kevin O'Connor
  • Patent number: 10210962
    Abstract: The outer shape and size of a diffraction grating including an edge dislocation is made smaller than the irradiation areas of light waves and electromagnetic waves, by using an opener different from in the diffraction grating, the shape and size of the opening is superposed on the shape of a spiral wave that is generated by an edge dislocation diffraction grating, and the shape and size of the opening are reflected in the shape and size of the spiral wave on the diffractive surface. In addition, not only a diffraction grating system including a pair of a single opener and a single diffraction grating, but also a diffraction grating system in which plural openers and plural edge dislocation diffraction gratings are combined are used, and plural spiral waves can be generated on the diffractive surface with a higher degree of freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: HITACHI , LTD.
    Inventors: Ken Harada, Teruo Kohashi, Tomohiro Iwane
  • Patent number: 10203354
    Abstract: The present invention provides a cantilever for a scanning type probe microscope, the cantilever including a support portion, a lever portion extending from the support portion, a protrusion portion formed on a free end side of the lever portion, an apex angle of the protrusion portion being an acute angle, and a probe in which a fine wire formed at a distal end of the protrusion portion is coated with a functional film, and a major axis/minor axis ratio of a cross-sectional shape of the probe is smaller than a major axis/minor axis ratio of a cross-sectional shape of the fine wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignees: National University Corporation Nagoya Institute of Technology, OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masashi Kitazawa, Michitsugu Arima, Masaki Tanemura
  • Patent number: 10204766
    Abstract: Disclosed is an ion beam irradiation apparatus including: a plurality of plate-like grid electrodes arranged in a beam irradiation direction so as to overlap each other and each having a plurality of apertures; a power supply unit that applies a voltage to each of the grid electrodes; and a controller that controls the voltage applied to each of the grid electrodes by the power supply unit. The plurality of grid electrodes include first to fourth grid electrodes. Central axes of apertures of the first grid electrode and apertures of the second grid electrode are coaxial along the beam irradiation direction, and a central axis of apertures of the third grid electrode is offset in a direction orthogonal to the beam irradiation direction with respect to the central axes of the apertures of the first grid electrode and the second grid electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Umezawa, Mitsunori Ohata, Shinji Nagamachi, Kenichi Shimono
  • Patent number: 10190875
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide a pattern measurement condition setting device which appropriately sets a measurement condition for finding out an appropriate exposure condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichi Shinoda, Yasutaka Toyoda, Hiroyuki Ushiba, Hitoshi Sugahara
  • Patent number: 10192725
    Abstract: An interface for a mass spectrometer system is provided. The interface can include an inner ceramic tube fabricated from a first ceramic material and an outer tube fabricated from a second ceramic material surrounding the inner ceramic tube. The inner ceramic tube can have high electrical resistivity and high thermal conductivity and the intermediate ceramic tube can have an electrical resistivity that is at least an order of magnitude higher than the electrical resistivity of the first ceramic material and a thermal conductivity that is at least an order of magnitude higher than the thermal conductivity of the first ceramic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Waters Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph A. Jarrell
  • Patent number: 10188877
    Abstract: The invention comprises a fiducial marker—fiducial detector based treatment room position determination/positioning system apparatus and method of use thereof. A set of fiducial markers and fiducial detectors are used to mark/determine relative position of static and/or moveable objects in a treatment room using photons passing from the markers to the detectors. Further, position and orientation of at least one of the objects is calibrated to a reference line, such as a zero-offset beam treatment line passing through an exit nozzle, which yields a relative position of each fiducially marked object in the treatment room. Treatment calculations are subsequently determined using the reference line and/or points thereon. The treatment calculations are optionally and preferably performed without use of an isocenter point, such as a central point about which a treatment room gantry rotates, which eliminates mechanical errors associated with the isocenter point being an isocenter volume in practice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventors: W. Davis Lee, Mark R. Amato, Nick Ruebel, Jillian Reno, Susan L. Michaud
  • Patent number: 10186407
    Abstract: The present invention is concerned with a device for charged particle transportation and manipulation. Embodiments provide a capability of combining positively and negatively charged particles in a single transported packet. Embodiments contain an aggregate of electrodes arranged to form a channel for transportation of charged particles, as well as a source of power supply that provides supply voltage to be applied to the electrodes, the voltage to ensure creation, inside the said channel, of a non-uniform high-frequency electric field, the pseudopotential of which field has one or more local extrema along the length of the channel used for charged particle transportation, at least, within a certain interval of time, whereas, at least one of the said extrema of the pseudopotential is transposed with time, at least within a certain interval of time, at least within a part of the length of the channel used for charged particle transportation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Shimadzu Research Laboratory (Europe) Ltd.
    Inventors: Alexander Berdnikov, Alina Andreyeva, Roger Giles
  • Patent number: 10186398
    Abstract: A sample positioning method that can easily and quickly position a target observation area of a sample, which is disposed on a sample stage in a sample chamber of a charged particle beam apparatus, into a field of view of a first charged particle beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: HITACHI HIGH-TECH SCIENCE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masahiro Kiyohara, Kengo Takeno, Atsushi Uemoto, Kaoru Umemura
  • Patent number: 10184790
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter provides a pattern measurement method and device for achieving highly accurate measurement in the depth direction of a pattern. The method involves a focused ion beam irradiated to form an inclined surface in a sample area; a field of view of a SEM set to include the boundary between the inclined surface and a sample surface; and an image of the field of view obtained on the basis of a detection signal. Such an acquired image is used to specify a first position, the boundary between inclined surface and non-inclined surface, and a second position, the position of a desired deep hole or deep groove positioned within the inclined surface. The pattern dimension in a height direction is determined on the basis of the distance in the sample surface direction between the first position and second position and the angle of the inclined surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: HITACHI HIGH-TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroki Kawada, Hideo Sakai, Katsuhiro Sasada
  • Patent number: 10181396
    Abstract: Methods, systems and devices that provide fluid devices with at least one SPE bed adjacent (upstream of) a separation channel which may be in communication with an inlet of a Mass Spectrometer. The fluid device can be configured to operate using independently applied pressures to a BGE reservoir and a sample reservoir for pressure-driven injection that can inject a discrete sample plug into a separation channel that does not require voltage applied to the sample reservoir and can allow for in-channel focusing methods to be used. The methods, systems and devices are particularly suitable for use with a mass spectrometer but optical or other electronic detectors may also be used with the fluidic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Inventors: John Scott Mellors, William A. Black, John Michael Ramsey
  • Patent number: 10178753
    Abstract: A micro-structured atomic source system is described herein. One system includes a silicon substrate, a dielectric diaphragm, wherein the dielectric diaphragm includes a heater configured to heat an atomic source substance, an intermediary material comprising a chamber configured to receive the atomic source substance, and a guide material configured to direct a flux of atoms from the atomic source substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: James Goeders, Matthew S. Marcus, Thomas Ohnstein, Terry Dean Stark
  • Patent number: 10175196
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are system, apparatus, article of manufacture, method and/or computer program product embodiments for identifying material. An embodiment includes ionizing, in gas phase, a target substance; creating, in gas phase, a pulse of ionized material from the ionized target substance; injecting the pulse of ionized material into a condensed phase drift medium; and identifying, by at least one processor, the target substance using the pulse of ionized material in the condensed phase drift medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: The MITRE Corporation
    Inventors: Samar Kumar Guharay, Herbert H. Hill, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10170290
    Abstract: A method for analyzing a sample includes identifying a plurality of precursors for analysis and grouping the precursors into two or more groups. The precursors are grouped such that for the precursors within a group the masses of ions of the precursors in the group are within a first mass range, and the number of precursors within the group is below a maximum allowable number of precursors. The method further includes generating ions from the sample; isolating precursor ions of a group; determining the mass-to-charge ratio of the precursor ions or fragments thereof; and repeating the isolating and determining steps for each group. The method also includes identifying or quantifying the presence of one or more precursors within the sample based on the presence of fragmented ions having a mass-to-charge ratio corresponding to the product ions for the one or more precursors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: THERMO FINNIGAN LLC
    Inventor: Philip M. Remes
  • Patent number: 10170228
    Abstract: A magnetic apparatus includes a first conductive feature. The first conductive feature conducts a current. The first conductive feature directs an electron having an energy ranging from 50 to 250 MeV in response to a magnetic field generated by the current. The first conductive feature includes a first leg and a second leg. The first leg is integrated with the second leg. The second leg and the first leg define a first space, wherein the electron penetrates the first space and is redirected in the first space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: NATIONAL SYNCHROTRON RADIATION RESEARCH CENTER
    Inventors: Kuang-Lung Tsai, Chyi-Shyan Fann, Ching-Lung Chen, Ho-Ping Chang, Ke-Kang Lin