Patents Examined by Jeremy S Valentiner
  • Patent number: 10222334
    Abstract: A super-resolution observation device includes an illumination optical system collecting a first illuminating light having a first optical frequency ?1 on a first region of an observation object, collecting a second illuminating light having a second optical frequency ?2? on a second region partially overlapping the first region, and collecting a third illuminating light having a third optical frequency ?2 on a third region containing a non-overlap region which is a region of the first region and does not overlap the second region; and an extraction unit extracting a signal light generated in accordance with a change in an energy level of a substance in the non-overlap region from a light generated in all of the first region, the second region, and the third region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Fumihiro Dake, Tomoko Ujike, Hiroki Yazawa
  • Patent number: 10209199
    Abstract: A surface inspection method for a steel pipe detects a surface defect on a hot steel pipe, and includes: an imaging step of imaging a self-luminous image of the hot steel pipe; a correcting step of making more uniform luminance variation in a circumferential direction of the self-luminous image and correcting the self-luminous image; and a detecting step of detecting a surface defect based on the self-luminous image corrected at the correcting step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: JFE Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Yukinori Iizuka, Hiroaki Ono, Toshifumi Kodama, Akihiro Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10197514
    Abstract: The invention relates to a photon detector (10), in particular an x-ray detector, in the form of a measurement finger, which extends along a detector axis (23) and has a detector head (11) at a first end of the measurement finger, wherein the detector head (11) comprises a plurality of at least two detector modules (22), each comprising a sensor chip (12) sensitive to photon radiation (14), in particular x-radiation, said sensor chip having an exposed end face (13) and a face facing away from the end face (13), wherein the detector modules (22) are arranged around the detector axis (23) in a plane (24) extending orthogonally to the detector axis (23).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Bruker Nano GmbH
    Inventors: Meiken Falke, Waldemar Hahn
  • Patent number: 10180388
    Abstract: An analyzer of a component in a sample fluid includes an optical source and an optical detector defining a beam path of a beam, wherein the optical source emits the beam and the optical detector measures the beam after partial absorption by the sample fluid, a fluid flow cell disposed on the beam path defining an interrogation region in the a fluid flow cell in which the optical beam interacts with the sample fluid and a reference fluid; and wherein the sample fluid and the reference fluid are in laminar flow, and a scanning system that scans the beam relative to the laminar flow within the fluid flow cell, wherein the scanning system scans the beam relative to both the sample fluid and the reference fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: 1087 SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Matthias Wagner
  • Patent number: 10180397
    Abstract: A THz quantum cascade laser is used to investigate a target by directing a first beam of laser radiation from the laser at the target to thereby produce a second beam of laser radiation by interaction of the first beam with the target. Self-mixing of the first and second beams occurs within the laser and causes variations in a signal such as the operating voltage of the laser. An operating parameter of the laser that affects the interaction of the first beam with, the target is varied. The operating voltage is monitored and processed to determine phase and amplitude changes associated with material properties of the target. Consequently in one embodiment the invention provides for processing the variations in the signal to produce various images of the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignees: The University of Queensland, University of Leeds
    Inventors: Aleksandar D. Rakic, Paul Dean, Alexander Giles Davies, Dragan Indjin, Edmund Harold Linfield, Stephen James Wilson, Thomas Taimre, Karl Bertling, Yah Leng Lim
  • Patent number: 10176902
    Abstract: The present invention is a scintillator panel including: a substrate, a barrier rib formed on the substrate, and a scintillator layer containing a phosphor filling cells divided by the barrier rib, wherein the scintillator layer is formed of a plurality of layers having different phosphor concentrations. The present invention provides a scintillator panel in which formation of the barrier rib makes it possible to improve image clarity and obtain a sufficient amount of emitted light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Hideyuki Fujiwara, Tetsuo Uchida, Hideki Kinoshita, Akira Akimoto
  • Patent number: 10168542
    Abstract: Polarized pixelated filter sub-array is reconfigured to reduce sensitivity to misalignment. The condition number increases more slowly than the standard polarized pixelated filter sub-array as the misalignment increases. In different embodiments, the filter sub-array is configured such that the condition number has a finite bound at ½ pixel misalignment. The angular values of the polarizer filter array are determined to minimize the sensitivity of the condition number of the data reduction matrix to misalignment. This can be achieved by selecting angular values that minimize the expected value of the condition number E(CN) over the range of misalignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Eric C. Fest, Jon E. Leigh
  • Patent number: 10168349
    Abstract: A sensor comprises a substrate having a first surface; a cap structure connected to the substrate, the cap structure configured to define a cavity between an inner surface of the cap structure and the first surface of the substrate, the cap structure configured to block infrared radiation from entering the cavity from outside the cap structure; a plurality of absorbers, each absorber in the plurality of absorbers being connected to the first surface of the substrate and arranged at a respective position within the cavity and configured to absorb infrared radiation at the respective position within the cavity; and a plurality of readout circuits, each readout circuit in the plurality of readout circuits being connected to a respective absorber in the plurality of absorbers and configured to provide a measurement signal that indicates an amount of infrared radiation absorbed by the respective absorber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Seow Yuen Yee, Gary Yama, Thomas Rocznik
  • Patent number: 10168207
    Abstract: In an approach to monitoring sunscreen effectiveness, a computer receives input from a user. The computer receives data corresponding to ultraviolet radiation exposure from a first ultraviolet radiation sensor and a second ultraviolet radiation sensor. The computer determines an amount of ultraviolet radiation received by the first ultraviolet radiation sensor and the second ultraviolet radiation sensor. The computer determines whether the amount of ultraviolet radiation received by the first ultraviolet radiation sensor is similar to the amount of ultraviolet radiation received by the second ultraviolet radiation sensor. The computer determines whether the amount of ultraviolet radiation received by the first ultraviolet radiation sensor is below an alert threshold. In response to determining the amount of ultraviolet radiation received by the first ultraviolet radiation sensor is not below an alert threshold, the computer transmits an alert message to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael S. Brown, James D. Cleaver, Louise A. McGuire, Michael J. McGuire
  • Patent number: 10156641
    Abstract: A radiation image sensing apparatus includes an image sensing, a circuit component, a supporting plate including first and second faces and configured to support the image sensing panel with the first face and support the circuit component with the second face, a connecting portion configured to connect the image sensing panel and the circuit component, and a housing configured to enclose the image sensing panel, the circuit component, the supporting plate and the connecting portion. An outer periphery of the supporting plate includes a concave portion and a projecting portion, and the connecting portion connects the image sensing panel and the circuit component through outside the concave portion. The outer edge of the concave portion is positioned inside an outer edge of the image sensing panel upon orthogonal projection onto the first face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Youjirou Hiratsuka, Takahiro Koyanagi, Hiroto Kondo
  • Patent number: 10156656
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining density of fluid returning from a wellbore (“return fluid”) during drilling of the wellbore being drilled using a drill string having a drill bit at an end thereof is disclosed. The apparatus in one embodiment includes a first nucleonic densitometer placed on outside of a return line carrying the return fluid from the wellbore that includes drilling fluid supplied to the drill string and cuttings cut by the drill bit during drilling of the wellbore and a processor that determines the density the return fluid from measurements provided by first nucleonic densitometer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher D. Schneider
  • Patent number: 10151691
    Abstract: To provide a gas sensor kit and a gas measurement system in which a problem in arrangement of a signal processor and an atmospheric pressure sensor at the time of measuring a gas is solved. A gas sensor kit includes a sensor and a connector. The connector includes an atmospheric pressure sensor measuring an atmospheric pressure and a signal processor. The signal processor receives a measurement signal indicating a transmitted light quantity of a target gas from the sensor and obtains a measurement value of a concentration or a partial pressure of the target gas based on the measurement signal. The signal processor corrects the measurement value of the concentration or the partial pressure of the target gas by using an atmospheric pressure value measured by the atmospheric pressure sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Nihon Kohden Corporation
    Inventors: Hidetoshi Dainobu, Masayuki Inoue, Katsuhide Tone, Takanori Sato, Kazunori Yoshifuku
  • Patent number: 10132751
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present disclosure discloses a method for detecting flatness of a fluorescent wheel in a laser light source, comprising: acquiring, during the rotation of a fluorescent wheel, a spot of laser light emitted by a laser reflected from a substrate of the fluorescent wheel; determining an inner diameter of the spot; and determining flatness of the fluorescent wheel according to the inner diameter of the spot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignees: HISENSE CO., LTD., HISENSE USA CORPORATION, HISENSE INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fei Zhao, Xianrong Liu
  • Patent number: 10136120
    Abstract: A mobile or portable device comprises an illuminating arrangement comprising a light source, and an amplitude splitting interferometer configured to form an interferogram of light emitted by the light source. The illuminating arrangement is configured to illuminate a target region lying at a distance of at least 10 cm from the device by the interferogram, thereby projecting a structured light pattern onto the target region. The device further comprises an image sensor configured to capture at least one digital image frame of the target region illuminated by the interferogram, and a processing unit configured to obtain image data of the at least one digital image frame, and determine depth of at least one object location in the target region relative to a reference location on the basis of the obtained image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Samuli Wallius, Mikko Juhola
  • Patent number: 10132679
    Abstract: Techniques are provided to furnish a light sensor that includes a filter positioned over a photodetector to filter visible and infrared wavelengths to permit the sensing of ultraviolet (UV) wavelengths. In one or more implementations, the light sensor comprises a semiconductor device (e.g., a die) that includes a substrate. A photodetector (e.g., photodiode, phototransistor, etc.) is formed in the substrate proximate to the surface of the substrate. In one or more implementations, the substrate comprises a silicon on insulator substrate (SOI). A filter (e.g., absorption filter, interference filter, flat pass filter, McKinlay-Diffey Erythema Action Spectrum-based filter, UVA/UVB filter, and so forth) is disposed over the photodetector. The filter is configured to filter infrared light and visible light from light received by the light sensor to at least substantially block infrared light and visible light from reaching the photodetector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: MAXIM INTEGRATED PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Arvin Emadi, Nicole D. Kerness, Cheng-Wei Pei, Joy T. Jones, Arkadii V. Samoilov, Ke-Cai Zeng
  • Patent number: 10126434
    Abstract: A radiation image sensing apparatus includes an image sensing, a circuit component, a supporting plate including first and second faces and configured to support the image sensing panel with the first face and support the circuit component with the second face, a connecting portion configured to connect the image sensing panel and the circuit component, and a housing configured to enclose the image sensing panel, the circuit component, the supporting plate and the connecting portion. An outer periphery of the supporting plate includes a concave portion and a projecting portion, and the connecting portion connects the image sensing panel and the circuit component through outside the concave portion. The outer edge of the concave portion is positioned inside an outer edge of the image sensing panel upon orthogonal projection onto the first face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Youjirou Hiratsuka, Takahiro Koyanagi, Hiroto Kondo
  • Patent number: 10120083
    Abstract: A storage phosphor panel can include an extruded inorganic storage phosphor layer including a thermoplastic polyolefin and an inorganic storage phosphor material, where the extruded inorganic storage phosphor panel has a DQE comparable to that of a traditional extruded inorganic solvent coated inorganic storage phosphor screen. Also disclosed is an inorganic storage phosphor detection system including an extruded inorganic storage phosphor panel that can include an extruded inorganic storage phosphor layer including a thermoplastic olefin and an inorganic storage phosphor material; and photodetector(s) coupled to the extruded inorganic storage phosphor panel to detect photons generated from the extruded inorganic storage phosphor panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Carestream Dental Technology Topco Limited
    Inventors: Seshadri Jagannathan, Chang-Ying Joseph Yang, Kevin L. Bishop, Mark S. Purdum
  • Patent number: 10119807
    Abstract: Devices and methods for determining the position of a device relative to a person using the device, or the position of a part of a user's body relative to the user. One or more thermal sensor may be used to determine the relative position of the device or part of the user's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Child Mind Institute, Inc.
    Inventor: Curtis P. White
  • Patent number: 10101470
    Abstract: A detector array for an imaging system includes an array of scintillator crystals (12), wherein each crystal includes a plurality of sides and is laser etched on at least one crystal side to scatter light, and an array of photodetectors (18) optically coupled to array of scintillator crystals. The side of the crystal (12) is laser etched with a distinct pattern defined by a user using a computer aided design program. The detector (6) is part of a nuclear scanner (4) which includes a reconstruction processor (8) that reconstructs output signals from the photodetectors (18) into an image and a user interface (10) that displays the reconstructed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Steven E. Cooke, Joseph Lee Molyneux
  • Patent number: 10101208
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a ring-down spectrometry apparatus in absorption saturation condition, for measuring the concentration of a gas through a measurement of the spectrum of a molecular transition of said gas. The apparatus includes a laser source, an adjuster for varying the wavelength of said radiation emitted by said laser, and a resonant cavity. A photodetector is adapted to detect an electromagnetic radiation beam and is adapted to generate a decay signal. An electronic circuit receives the signal from the photodetector and is adapted to convert it to a processor. A processor is adapted to receive said decay signal from the photodetector and perform interpolation to obtain a concentration of said gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
    Inventors: Giovanni Giusfredi, Iacopo Galli, Pablo Cancio Pastor, Davide Mazzotti, Paolo De Natale