Patents Examined by John R. Lee
  • Patent number: 11022564
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a light detection device and a method of using the device are disclosed. In one or more embodiments, the light detection device can include a housing that extends along a housing axis between top and bottom surfaces. The device can also include a port that is adapted to receive a sample, and a door connected to the housing. The door can include an actuator portion adapted to selectively move the door between a closed position and an open position, and a cover portion connected to the actuator portion and adapted to close the port when the door is in the closed position and open the port when the door is in the open position to allow external access to the port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventors: Thomas J. Brace, Phillip A. Bolea, Giuseppe M. Bommarito, Michele A. Waldner, Stephen R. Alexander, Fusu Thao, Kathleen M. Stenersen
  • Patent number: 11025885
    Abstract: An optical system for collecting distance information within a field is provided. The optical system may include lenses for collecting photons from a field and may include lenses for distributing photons to a field. The optical system may include lenses that collimate photons passed by an aperture, optical filters that reject normally incident light outside of the operating wavelength, and pixels that detect incident photons. The optical system may further include illumination sources that output photons at an operating wavelength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: OUSTER, INC.
    Inventors: Angus Pacala, Mark Frichtl
  • Patent number: 11016166
    Abstract: A star scanner is provided that uses miniaturized high-speed electronics and an ultra-compact freeform optical design. The star scanner reduces instrument volume, reduces power consumption, and reduces costs, relative to existing star scanners. The optics can be used with a credit card-like footprint, electronics sensor board with optimally packed electronics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Administrator of NASA
    Inventors: Sean R. Semper, Andrew Salamon, Garrett J. West, Kenneth Deily
  • Patent number: 11009387
    Abstract: A superconductor device according to some embodiments comprises a superconductor stack, which includes a superconductor layer and a silicon cap layer over the superconductor layer, the cap layer including amorphous silicon. The superconductor device further comprises a metal contact over a portion of the silicon cap layer and electrically-coupled to the superconductor layer. The metal contact comprises a core including a first metal, and an outer layer around the core that includes a second metal. The portion of the silicon cap layer is converted from silicon to a conductive compound including the second metal to provide low-resistance electrical coupling between the superconductor layer and the metal contact. The superconductor device further comprises a waveguide, and the first portion of the cap layer under the metal contact is at a sufficient lateral distance from the waveguide to prevent optical coupling between the metal contact and the waveguide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: PSIQUANTUM CORP.
    Inventors: Chia-Jung Chung, Faraz Najafi, George Kovall, Vitor R. Manfrinato, Vimal Kamineni, Mark Thompson, Syrus Ziai
  • Patent number: 11011668
    Abstract: It is to provide a semiconductor device, a semiconductor system, and a method of controlling the semiconductor device capable of reducing the power consumption. According to one embodiment, a semiconductor device includes a photo coupler control circuit that passes the current to a first signal path for a predetermined period when detecting a change of the input signal supplied from the outside, an insulating circuit that transmits a pulse signal indicating the change of the input signal, from the first signal path to a second signal path insulated from the first signal path, according to the current flow to the first signal path, a holding circuit that generates an input reproducing signal as a reproducing signal of the input signal from the pulse signal transmitted to the second signal path by the insulating circuit, and an internal circuit that receives the input reproducing signal generated by the holding circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Waki
  • Patent number: 11004883
    Abstract: A processing system for an optical sensing device may comprise receiver circuitry and a determination module. The processing system may also include drive circuitry configured to drive a light source to emit light. The receiver circuitry is coupled to a photodetector, and the receiver circuitry is configured to acquire a resulting signal from the photodetector, and generate a measurement of light received by the photodetector based on the resulting signal. The receiver circuitry includes high-pass filter circuitry configured to high-pass filter the resulting signal to generate a high-pass filtered signal based. The determination module is configured to generate a light measurement based on the high-pass filtered signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventor: Kirk Hargreaves
  • Patent number: 10998372
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a hybrid focal-plane array includes: forming a read-out integrated circuit with integral bending slit; forming a detector die separately from the read-out integrated circuit and including a detector with integral bending slit; and joining the read-out integrated circuit and the detector die to each other such that the read-out bending slit and the detector bending slit are aligned with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Geoffrey P. McKnight, Andrew C. Keefe, Alexander R. Gurga, Ryan Freeman
  • Patent number: 10986294
    Abstract: A sensing module includes a linear image sensor and an optical unit. The unit includes an optical element having a curved, outward surface and a covering on the outward surface. The covering has a slit formed therein. The optical unit faces the sensor with the slit perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the sensor and images a wide field of view onto a single pixel of the linear sensor, wherein light impinging normal to the slit, at any location along the slit, is imaged on a central pixel of the sensor while light impinging one of a plurality of non-normal angles to the slit is imaged on an associated one of a plurality of non-central pixels of the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Six Degrees Space Ltd
    Inventors: Klonymus Sholom Lieberman, Daniel Greenspan
  • Patent number: 10983227
    Abstract: Methods and systems for more efficient X-Ray scatterometry measurements of on-device structures are presented herein. X-Ray scatterometry measurements of one or more structures over a measurement area includes a decomposition of the one or more structures into a plurality of sub-structures, a decomposition of the measurement area into a plurality of sub-areas, or both. The decomposed structures, measurement areas, or both, are independently simulated. The scattering contributions of each of the independently simulated decomposed structures are combined to simulate the actual scattering of the measured structures within the measurement area. In a further aspect, measured intensities and modelled intensities including one or more incidental structures are employed to perform measurement of structures of interest. In other further aspects, measurement decomposition is employed to train a measurement model and to optimize a measurement recipe for a particular measurement application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: John Hench, Antonio Arion Gellineau, Alexander Kuznetsov
  • Patent number: 10971538
    Abstract: A semiconductor structure having: a silicon structure; and a plurality of laterally spaced PiN diodes formed in the silicon structure; and a surface of the silicon structure configured to reduce reverse bias leakage current through the PiN diodes. In one embodiment, a gate electrode structures is disposed on a surface of the silicon structure, the gate electrode structure having portions disposed between adjacent pairs of the diodes, the gate structure being biased to prevent leakage current through the diodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: John J. Drab, Justin Gordon Adams Wehner, Christian M. Boemler
  • Patent number: 10969562
    Abstract: An observation device, comprising an image sensor that forms images of a specimen and outputs an image signal, an AF detection circuit that calculates evaluation values based on the image signal, and a focus control circuit that controls focus position based on the evaluation values, wherein the AF detection circuit calculates a plurality of evaluation values based on signals relating to a plurality of frequency bands of the image signal, and the focus control circuit controls focus position based on maximum value or minimum value of the plurality of evaluation values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Satoshi Takinoiri
  • Patent number: 10964835
    Abstract: A broad-spectral-bandwidth photodetector designed for use with all types of optical fibers used in different avionics networks and sensors and a process for fabricating such photodetectors. A Schottky barrier photodetector is provided that includes germanium, which has a broad spectral response to light in the ultraviolet to near-infrared range (220 to 1600 nm). The provision of a photodetector having a broad spectral response avoids the use of multiple different types of photodetectors and receivers in an avionics platform with different optical fiber networks and sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Eric Y. Chan
  • Patent number: 10955266
    Abstract: A position sensor employing silicon photodiodes formed from trapezoidal chips mounted on a printed circuit board detects angular positions of a rotor shaft within a galvanometer-based optical scanner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Pangolin Laser Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: William R. Benner, Jr., Ryan Smith, Ante Uglesic
  • Patent number: 10948342
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a Bell state measurement apparatus capable of increasing a probability in which a determination that a Bell state measurement fails by using an optical fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science
    Inventors: Sang Min Lee, Hee Su Park
  • Patent number: 10948334
    Abstract: A non-contact displacement sensor includes a focus timing calculator that, calculates a measurement-side focus timing at which measurement light is focused on a surface of a measurable object, a first reference-side focus timing at which reference light is focused on a first reference surface, and a second reference-side focus timing at which the reference light is focused on a second reference surface; a characteristics calculator that calculates the refractive index characteristics of a liquid lens apparatus based on the first reference-side focus timing, the second reference-side focus timing, and an optical path length difference; and a position calculator that calculates a position of the measurable object based on the refractive index characteristics and a phase of the measurement-side focus timing relative to a period of a drive signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventor: Koji Kubo
  • Patent number: 10933185
    Abstract: A device for monitoring fluid leakage. A flexible plastic sheet (11) is provided with a tear-off strip (12), which divides the sheet in a first sheet portion (21) and a second sheet portion (20) and forms a folding line. An adhesive (22) is arranged at the first portion (21). The sheet is folded along the folding line and the first portion is attached to the second portion via the adhesive to form a pocket along the folding line for enclosing a connector and hose assembly to be monitored. An optical sensor having an absorbent pad and an optical fiber is enclosed in said pocket when formed. The exterior end of the optical fiber is connected to an optical detector device for monitoring if the interior end of the optical fiber comes into contact with a fluid, indicating a leakage of the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventors: Patrik Byhmer, Susanne Olausson
  • Patent number: 10935413
    Abstract: A fuel sensing system utilizes non-contact plastic optical fiber (POF) to optically sense the level of liquid fuel in a fuel tank. In one implementation, the fuel level sensing system includes the following elements: (i) a high-speed and high-power red laser diode; (ii) an ultra-high-sensitivity photon-counting avalanche photodiode; and (iii) a large-diameter and large-numerical-aperture graded-index POF. The fuel level is sensed when the avalanche photodiode first detects impinging light reflected by the POF end face and then detects impinging light reflected by the fuel surface in response to emission of a laser pulse by the red laser diode. A time delay detection circuit calculates the time interval separating the respective times of arrival. A fuel level calculator calculates the fuel level based on the time interval provided by the time delay detection circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Eric Y. Chan, Dennis G. Koshinz
  • Patent number: 10928245
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and software to acquire light measurements in a targeted space using an autonomous vehicle, such as an aerial drone, are provided. Examples of targeted spaces include, but are not limited to, stadiums, arenas, racetracks, fields, parking lots, etc. Uses of such systems, software, and/or methods include, but are not limited to, verifying that required light intensity, distribution, camera image quality, and/or other performance metrics are met when commissioning, changing, checking, and approving lighting systems, among other things.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Siteco GmbH
    Inventors: Torsten Onasch, Dorian Jack Spero
  • Patent number: 10929945
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides image capture devices and associated methods that feature intelligent use of hardware-generated statistics. An example image capture device can include an imaging hardware pipeline that generates frames of imagery. The imaging hardware pipeline can generate one or more hardware-generated statistics based at least in part on, for example, the raw image data captured by the image sensor or intermediate image data within the pipeline. The image capture device can analyze the hardware-generated statistics to determine one or more metrics for the raw image data or the image. The image capture device can determine a downstream operation of the image capture device relative to the image based at least in part on the metrics determined from the hardware generated statistics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Suk Hwan Lim, Huizhong Chen, David Chen, Hsin-I Liu
  • Patent number: 10921183
    Abstract: An optoelectronic sensor is provided for detecting objects in a monitored zone that has a light receiver having a reception optics arranged in front of it for generating a received signal from received light that is incident on the sensor in a direction of incidence of light from the monitored zone, wherein the reception optics comprises a flat light guide plate having a first main surface and a lateral edge bounding the first main surface at a side; and wherein the first main surface of the light guide plate is arranged transversely to the direction of incidence of light and deflects the incident received light to the lateral edge. The light guide plate here has a diffractive structure for deflection to the lateral edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: SICK AG
    Inventors: Siegfried Ringwald, Christoph Menzel