Patents Examined by Jerry Rahll
  • Patent number: 10371903
    Abstract: A spacer to be used with a fiber optic connector includes a two portions with spring retaining members and a cross member extending between the first and second portions. The cross member has an extension extending from the cross member between the first portion and the second portion and away from a front face thereof. The spacer may also have retention pins to engage a fiber optic ferrule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: US Conec Ltd
    Inventors: Hiep V. Nguyen, Darrell R. Childers, Myron W. Yount, Jillcha F. Wakjira, Jason Higley, Brent D. Henley
  • Patent number: 10371892
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are nanostructured photonic materials, methods of making and methods of use thereof, and systems including the nanostructured photonic materials. The nanostructured photonic materials comprise a substrate having a first surface; an array comprising a plurality of spaced-apart plasmonic particles disposed on the first surface of the substrate; and a waveguide layer disposed on the array and the first surface, wherein the waveguide layer: is optically coupled to the array, comprises a photochrome dispersed within a matrix material, and has an average thickness defining a hybrid plasmon waveguide mode; wherein the photochrome exhibits a first optical state and a second optical state; and wherein the second optical state of the photochrome at least partially overlaps with the hybrid plasmon waveguide mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM
    Inventors: Yuebing Zheng, Linhan Lin, Mingsong Wang
  • Patent number: 10371893
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a method includes: forming an interconnect including waveguides and conductive features disposed in a plurality of dielectric layers, the conductive features including conductive lines and vias, the waveguides formed of a first material having a first refractive index, the dielectric layers formed of a second material having a second refractive index less than the first refractive index; bonding a plurality of dies to a first side of the interconnect, the dies electrically connected by the conductive features, the dies optically connected by the waveguides; and forming a plurality of conductive connectors on a second side of the interconnect, the conductive connectors electrically connected to the dies by the conductive features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chen-Hua Yu, Chuei-Tang Wang, Hsing-Kuo Hsia, Yu-Kuang Liao, Chih-Chieh Chang
  • Patent number: 10365507
    Abstract: Provided is a semiconductor optical integrated circuit which consumes less electric power than a conventional semiconductor optical integrated circuit. A semiconductor optical integrated circuit (1) includes a semiconductor layer (13) in which (i) an optical waveguide (LG) including heated section I1 through I3 and (ii) heater parts H1 and H2 are provided. The optical waveguide (LG) meanders such that the heated sections I1 through I3 are juxtaposed to one another. Each heater part Hi is arranged between a heated section Ii and a heated section Ii+1 which are adjacent to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIKURA LTD.
    Inventors: Norihiro Ishikura, Kazuhiro Goi
  • Patent number: 10365089
    Abstract: Exemplary practice of the present invention provides an air vehicle and at least one interferometric double-path fiber optic sensor connected with the air vehicle. Each fiber optic sensor includes a pair of optical fibers, viz., an optical sensing fiber and an optical reference fiber, in a parallel and propinquus relationship. The paired optical fibers of each fiber optic sensor are attached to the air vehicle either (i) circumferentially around the fuselage or (ii) lengthwise along the fuselage or (iii) span-wise along the wings and across the fuselage, and are configured whereby the sensing fiber is exposed to the atmosphere and the reference fiber is not. Each fiber optic sensor senses atmospheric infrasound but does not sense atmospheric wind noise, which is negated by incoherency associated with design lengthiness of the optical fiber pair. Noise and strain due to temperature, vibration, and propulsion are neutralized via interferometric common mode rejection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Alexey Titovich
  • Patent number: 10359650
    Abstract: A method is provided. The method comprises: injecting an optical carrier signal into an unbent optical waveguide between two reflectors, where the distance between two reflectors in the center of the two reflectors is substantially zero and the two reflectors undergo substantially a ? phase shift where the two reflectors are adjacent; creating standing waves between the two reflectors in the center, and a single resonance due to constructive interference; applying a varying electric field across the unbent optical waveguide centered between two reflectors and extending a length less than or equal to a combined length of the two reflectors; and generating a modulated carrier signal at at least one of an input and an output of the unbent optical waveguide between the two reflectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Wade Puckett, Neil Krueger
  • Patent number: 10345545
    Abstract: An optical fiber cable is provided. The cable includes: an optical fiber core having a central axis; a presser winding covering the optical fiber core; a sheath covering the presser winding; two tension members in the sheath and facing each other with the central axis therebetween; and two rip cords facing each other with the central axis therebetween and being in direct contact with the sheath and the presser winding. The optical fiber core includes a plurality of optical fiber tapes arranged around the central axis and having mutually different stripe ring marks applied thereon. Each optical fiber tapes includes a plurality of optical fibers intermittently adhered to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIKURA LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoaki Kaji, Masatoshi Ohno, Daiki Takeda, Ken Osato, Masayoshi Yamanaka, Naoki Okada
  • Patent number: 10345535
    Abstract: The glass-based ferrules include a glass substrate and two spaced-apart guide tubes, which can also be made of glass. The guide tubes include bores sized to receive guide pins from another ferrule. The ferrule can be used to form an optical interconnection device in the form of a waveguide connector that includes a planar lightwave circuit that supports multiple waveguides. The ferrule can also be used to form an optical interconnection device in the form of a fiber connector that includes a support substrate and an array of optical fibers supported thereby. The waveguide connector and fiber connector when mated form an integrated photonic device. Methods of forming the ferrule components, the ferrules and the optical interconnection devices are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Corning Research & Development Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas Llewellyn Butler, Michael de Jong, Alan Frank Evans, Robin May Force, James Scott Sutherland
  • Patent number: 10345530
    Abstract: An alignment assembly of a first connector part for aligning a first fiber ferrule of the first connector part with a second fiber ferrule of a second connector part during mating of the first connector part with the second connector part. The alignment assembly includes a ferrule carrier to which the first fiber ferrule is mounted. The ferrule carrier is mounted to the first connector part by a support structure. The support structure is configured to allow a movement of the ferrule carrier relative to the first connector part in at least a lateral direction that is substantially perpendicular to an engagement direction of the first fiber ferrule with the second fiber ferrule. A first guiding structure is mounted to or forms part of the ferrule carrier. The first guiding structure is configured to mechanically interact with a complementary second guiding structure that is provided in the second connector part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Robert Armistead
  • Patent number: 10338331
    Abstract: A fiber optic ribbon cable includes a jacket of the cable, the jacket having a cavity defined therein, an optical element including an optical fiber and extending within the cavity of the jacket, and a dry water-blocking element extending along the optical element within the cavity. The dry water-blocking element is wrapped around the optical element with at least a portion of the dry water-blocking element disposed between another portion of the dry water-blocking element and the optical element, thereby defining an overlapping portion of the dry water-blocking element. The optical element interfaces with the overlapping portion to provide direct or indirect coupling between the optical element and the jacket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications LLC
    Inventors: James Lee Baucom, William Welch McCollough, David Alan Seddon
  • Patent number: 10337956
    Abstract: A method of qualifying an effective bandwidth of a multimode optical fiber at a first wavelength ?1, using DMD data of the fiber measured a second wavelength ?2. Data representative of a Radial Offset Delay, a Radial Offset Bandwidth and a Relative Radial Coupled Power of the fiber are derived from the DMD data at the second wavelength ?2. A transformation is performed on the ROD data and ROB data at the second wavelength ?2 to obtain corresponding ROD data and ROB data at the first wavelength ?1. An effective bandwidth of the fiber at the second wavelength ?2 is computed using the ROD data and the ROB data at the first wavelength ?1 and the {tilde over (P)}DMD data at the second wavelength ?2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: DRAKA COMTEQ B.V.
    Inventors: Denis Molin, Koen De Jongh, Marianne Bigot, Pierre Sillard
  • Patent number: 10338328
    Abstract: A method, system, and apparatus are disclosed for a ruggedized photonic crystal (PC) sensor packaging. In particular, the present disclosure teaches a ruggedized packaging for a photonic crystal sensor that includes of a hermetic-seal high-temperature jacket and a ferrule that eliminate the exposure of the optical fiber as well as the critical part of the photonic crystal sensor to harsh environments. The disclosed packaging methods enable photonic crystal based sensors to operate in challenging environments where adverse environmental conditions, such as electromagnetic interference (EMI), corrosive fluids, large temperature variations, and strong mechanical vibrations, currently exclude the use of traditional sensor technologies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael A. Carralero, Eric Y. Chan, Dennis G. Koshinz
  • Patent number: 10330961
    Abstract: An optoelectronic integrated circuit includes (i) a first back-to-back-junction component (BBJC) and a second BBJC that conform to a first fabrication pattern, where the first BBJC includes a first A-type p-n junction (APNJ) in series with a first B-type p-n junction (BPNJ), where the second BBJC includes a second APNJ in series with a second BPNJ, and (ii) an optical component conforming to a second fabrication pattern that superimposes the first fabrication pattern. The APNJs and BPNJs may be identified based overlapping with separate arms of the optical component. The optical component overlaps the APNJs and BPNJs to provide modulation to optical signals using the modulation voltage from the electrodes. The first APNJ, the first BPNJ, the second APNJ, and the second BPNJ are disposed along respective directions, where metal bridges may be used, to reduce an imbalance in the modulation of the optical signals resulting from a fabrication misalignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ciena Corporation
    Inventors: Christine Latrasse, Yves Painchaud, Michel Poulin
  • Patent number: 10324265
    Abstract: An optical connector according to the present disclosure includes: optical transmission paths that have end faces aligned in a predetermined region, and transmit optical signals. The optical transmission paths correspond to transmission channels or reception channels. The optical transmission paths of the transmission channels are distributed and arranged on a periphery of the predetermined region as compared with a case where the optical transmission paths of the transmission channels are concentrated and arranged at a center of the predetermined region. This configuration can increase an output of an optical signal, and make it possible to improve transmission quality at a low cost while improving a safety standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuhisa Nakajima, Masanari Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10321969
    Abstract: A surgical illumination apparatus comprises a fiber optic input, and illuminated surgical instrument, and an optical coupling bracket for coupling the fiber optic input to the illuminated surgical instrument. The coupling bracket comprises an elongate frame having a proximal end, a distal end, and a central channel extending therebetween, wherein the central channel is sized to receive and support optical fibers of the fiber optic input. The proximal end of the bracket is coupled to the fiber optic input, and the distal end of the bracket is coupled to an illumination element of the illuminated surgical instrument. The apparatus may further comprise a shroud disposed around the illumination element that is coupled to the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Invuity, Inc.
    Inventors: David Wayne, Alex Vayser, Douglas Rimer, Fernando Erismann, Gaston Tudury, Michael Boutillette, Aaron Weiss, Vladimir Zagatsky
  • Patent number: 10316138
    Abstract: A piezoelectric actuator is provided, including a vibration plate, a piezoelectric layer, a plurality of individual electrodes arranged in two arrays, first and second common electrodes which have first and second facing portions facing parts of the individual electrodes and first and second connecting portions connecting the first and second facing portions respectively, and first and second wiring portions which are arranged on the vibration plate and which are connected to the first and second common electrodes respectively via first and second connecting wirings, wherein one of the first connecting wirings connects the first connecting portion and one of the first wiring portion while striding over the second connecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10320487
    Abstract: An optical link power management scheme takes the best advantage of a dynamic connection environment, where ports may be connected and disconnected at any time, and where data flows may start and stop as needed by the applications using the high speed data links. Power consumption is optimized, eye safety standards are met, and robust connection detection is preserved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Klaus D. Giessler, Christine M. Krause
  • Patent number: 10317619
    Abstract: A high-bandwidth bend-insensitive multimode optical fiber includes a core and a cladding. A refractive index profile of the core has a parabola shape and a distribution index thereof is ?. The core has a radius of 23-27 ?m. A maximum relative refractive index difference of a central position of the core is 0.9%-1.2%. The core is a germanium-fluorine co-doped silicon dioxide glass layer. The central position of the core has a minimum amount of fluorine doped, and a mass percentage of fluorine content is CF,min. A mass percentage of fluorine content of the core changes with the radius according to a function. The cladding successively comprises an inner cladding, a trench cladding, and an outer cladding from inside to outside. The optical fiber reduces bandwidth-wavelength sensitivity while improving bandwidth performance; is compatible with existing OM3/OM4 multimode optical fibers, and support wavelength-division multiplexing technology in a wavelength range of 850-950 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: YANGTZE OPTICAL FIBRE AND CABLE JOINT STOCK LIMITED COMPANY
    Inventors: Runhan Wang, Rong Huang, Haiying Wang, Ruichun Wang, Shengya Long
  • Patent number: 10320151
    Abstract: The embodiments herein describe a single-frequency laser source (e.g., a distributed feedback (DFB) laser or distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) laser) that includes a feedback grating or mirror that extends along a waveguide. The grating may be disposed over a portion of the waveguide in an optical gain region in the laser source. Instead of the waveguide or cavity being linear, the laser includes a U-turn region so that two ends of the waveguide terminate at the same facet. That facet is coated with an anti-reflective (AR) coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Traverso, Dominic F. Siriani, Mark Webster
  • Patent number: 10310197
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to optical systems and methods for their manufacture. An example system includes a first substrate that has at least one bridge structure. The bridge structure has a first surface with one or more light-emitter devices disposed on it. The system also includes a second substrate that has a mounting surface that defines a reference plane. The second substrate includes a structure and an optical spacer on the mounting surface. The first and second substrates are coupled together such that the first surface of the first substrate faces the second substrate at an angle with respect to the reference plane. The system also includes at least one spacer coupled to the mounting surface. The at least one spacer is in physical contact with the one or more light-emitter devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Pierre-Yves Droz, David Schleuning, Augusto Tazzoli