Patents Examined by Mark Hellner
  • Patent number: 11686825
    Abstract: A multiline lidar includes: a laser emitting array (110) configured to emit multi-beam laser; a laser receiving array (120) configured to receive multiplexed laser echoes reflected by a target object; an echo sampling device (130) configured to sample the multiplexed laser echo in a time division multiplexing manner and output a sampling data stream; a control system (140) coupled to the laser emitting array (110), the laser receiving array (120), and the echo sampling device (130), respectively; the control system (140) is configured to control operations of the laser emitting array (110) and the laser receiving array (120), and determine measurement data according to the sampling data stream; and an output device (150) configured to output the measurement data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Inventors: Chunxin Qiu, Letian Liu
  • Patent number: 11686823
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to limitation of noise on light detectors using an aperture. One example implementation includes a system. The system includes a lens disposed relative to a scene. The lens focuses light from the scene. The system also includes an opaque material that defines an aperture. The system also includes a waveguide having a first side that receives light focused by the lens and transmitted through the aperture. The waveguide guides the received light toward a second side of the waveguide opposite to the first side. The waveguide has a third side extending between the first side and the second side. The system also includes a mirror that reflects the guided light toward the third side of the waveguide. The system also includes an array of light detectors that detects the reflected light propagating out of the third side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Pierre-Yves Droz, David Neil Hutchison, Ralph Hamilton Shepard
  • Patent number: 11680789
    Abstract: A device for extracting depth information according to one embodiment of the present invention includes: a light outputting unit for outputting IR (Infrared) light; a light inputting unit for inputting light reflected from an object after outputting from the light outputting unit; a light adjusting unit for adjusting the angle of the light so as to radiate the light into a first area including the object, and then for adjusting the angle of the light so as to radiate the light into a second area; and a controlling unit for estimating the motion of the object by using at least one of the lights between the light inputted to the first area and the light inputted to the second area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Myung Wook Lee, Sung Ki Jung, Gi Seok Lee, Kyung Ha Han, Eun Sung Seo, Se Kyu Lee
  • Patent number: 11681027
    Abstract: An optical sensing device includes a light source, which is configured to emit one or more beams of light pulses at respective angles toward a target scene. An array of sensing elements is configured to output signals in response to incidence of photons on the sensing elements. Light collection optics are configured to image the target scene onto the array. Control circuitry is coupled to actuate the sensing elements only in one or more selected regions of the array, each selected region containing a respective set of the sensing elements in a part of the array onto which the light collection optics image a corresponding area of the target scene that is illuminated by the one of the beams, and to adjust a membership of the respective set responsively to a distance of the corresponding area from the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Cristiano L. Niclass, Scott T. Smith, Thierry Oggier
  • Patent number: 11675051
    Abstract: A lidar sensor comprising a laser, an optical sensor, and a processor. The lidar sensor can determine a distance to one or more objects. The lidar sensor can optionally embed a code in beams transmitted into the environment such that those beams can be individually identified when their corresponding reflection is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: Perceptive Inc.
    Inventor: Alberto Stochino
  • Patent number: 11677208
    Abstract: An optical amplification device includes a first Raman amplifier outputs a first excitation light to a transmission line in a same direction as a signal light, and a second Raman amplifier outputs a second excitation light to the transmission line in an opposite direction to the signal light. The first Raman amplifier includes a first detector detects a first power of a first transmitted light transmitted through a first optical filter. The second Raman amplifier includes a second detector detects second power of a second transmitted light transmitted through a second optical filter. The first Raman amplifier stops output of the first excitation light when the first power is higher than a threshold. The second Raman amplifier stops output of the second excitation light when the second power is reduced from power of the first excitation light transmitted through the second optical filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Inventor: Yusaku Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11674834
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods and systems for flight velocimetry employing at least one bleaching laser, at least one detection laser, at least one dichroic mirror, an objective, a detection system, and a nano stage to bleach a dye to form a bleached blot in a flow pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: University of South Carolina
    Inventor: Guiren Wang
  • Patent number: 11668827
    Abstract: Implementations of the present invention disclose an unmanned aerial vehicle ranging method, apparatus and an unmanned aerial vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: AUTEL ROBOTICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yupeng Jian
  • Patent number: 11670903
    Abstract: A hybrid optical amplifier is proposed that includes a preamplifier element formed of single-clad Ho-doped optical fiber and a power amplifier element formed of single-clad Tm-doped (or Tm—Ho co-doped) optical fiber. The preamplifier is used to impart gain to an input signal propagating at a wavelength ?S in the presence of a first pump beam operating at ?P1, creating an amplified output over a defined transmission bandwidth. The power amplifier element is disposed at the output of the preamplifier element and provides an additional level of gain to the output of the preamplifier element in the presence of a second pump beam operating at ?P2. A passband filter may be used between the preamplifier and the power amplifier to ensure that only wavelength components within the defined transmission bandwidth are applied as an output to the power amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: Cybel, LLC.
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Delavaux, Robert E. Tench, Alexandre Amavigan, Clement Romano
  • Patent number: 11670907
    Abstract: A laser device includes front and back DBRs and an interferometer. The front DBR is coupled to a front DBR electrode. The front DBR forms a first tunable multi-peak lasing filter. The back DBR is coupled to a back DBR electrode. The back DBR forms a second tunable multi-peak lasing filter. The interferometer part is coupled between the front DBR and the back DBR. The interferometer part includes first and second waveguide combiners and first and second interferometer waveguides coupled therebetween. The first waveguide combiner couples the interferometer part to the back DBR. The second waveguide combiner couples the interferometer part to the front DBR. The first interferometer waveguide is coupled to an interferometer electrode. The interferometer forms a third tunable multi-peak lasing filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: II-VI DELAWARE, INC.
    Inventors: Jan-Olof Wesström, Per Granestrand
  • Patent number: 11668828
    Abstract: A detector for determining a position of at least one object is provided. The detector includes an evaluation device adapted to select at least one reflection feature of a reflection image, wherein the evaluation device is configured for determining at least one longitudinal region of the selected reflection feature of the reflection image by evaluating a combined signal Q from the sensor signals, wherein the evaluation device is adapted to determine at least one displacement region in at least one reference image corresponding to the longitudinal region, wherein the evaluation device is adapted to match the selected reflection feature with at least one reference feature within the displacement region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: TRINAMIX GMBH
    Inventors: Patrick Schindler, Peter Schillen, Michael Eberspach, Christian Lennartz, Robert Send, Ingmar Bruder, Heiko Hengen, Lars Diesselberg
  • Patent number: 11664636
    Abstract: A method and system for amplifying seed laser radiation which is irradiated along an irradiation direction into a lasing amplification medium has a transverse seed laser intensity profile that is transformed into a plateaued input intensity profile by a transformer element on the irradiation side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: Amphos GmbH
    Inventors: Claus Schnitzler, Jan Dolkemeyer, Torsten Mans
  • Patent number: 11662468
    Abstract: An image scanning system for determining a volume of product in a container, such as a grain bin, is secured to the container with a locking system. The image scanning device comprises an image scanning head rotatable in a first direction about a body housing, while the body housing is rotatable in a second direction about a securing arm. The first direction is perpendicular to the second direction. An image scanning device, which can be a LiDAR device, is housed within the image scanning head to image the container and the product as the device components are rotated. Software for controlling the system and outputting a volume change and a typographical representation of the product within the container is further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Inventors: Luke Kelly, Tianyu Lin, Corey Barkhurst, Chad Van Horn, Mohammad Al-Shorman
  • Patent number: 11662437
    Abstract: A frequency modulated continuous wave LiDAR system is disclosed that may be scalable and integrated in compact and demanding environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: AQRONOS, INC.
    Inventors: Marin Iliev, Brenden Villars
  • Patent number: 11664811
    Abstract: A system for driving a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) oscillating structure includes a phase error detector configured to generate a phase error signal based on measured event times and expected event times of the MEMS oscillating structure oscillating about a rotation axis; a disturbance event detector configured to detect a disturbance event based on the phase error signal and a disturbance threshold value; and a phase frequency detector (PFD) and correction circuit configured to, in response to the detected disturbance event, monitor for a plurality of measured crossing events of the MEMS oscillating structure oscillating about the rotation axis, generate a first compensation signal based on at least a first measured crossing event and a second measured crossing event to correct a frequency of the MEMS oscillating structure, and generate a second compensation signal based on a third measured crossing event to correct a phase of the MEMS oscillating structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Philipp Stelzer, Norbert Druml, Christian Steger, Andreas Strasser
  • Patent number: 11658452
    Abstract: Optical line amplifiers with on-board controllers and supervisory devices for controlling optical line amplifiers are provided for controlling bootstrap or power-up procedures when optical line amplifiers are initially installed in an optical communication network. The controllers may include non-transitory computer-readable medium configured to store computer logic having instructions that, when executed, cause one or more processing devices to block an input to one or more gain units of the line amplifier and cause the line amplifier to operate in an Amplified Spontaneous Emission (ASE) mode. In response to a detection of a valid power level of the line amplifier, the instructions can further cause the one or more processing devices to switch the line amplifier from the ASE mode to a regular mode and unblock the input to the one or more gain units of the line amplifier to allow operation of the line amplifier in the regular operating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: Ciena Corporation
    Inventors: Choudhury A. Al Sayeed, Bing Liu, Damian Flannery, Jean-Luc Archambault
  • Patent number: 11650318
    Abstract: A system comprises an optical heterodyne device, the optical heterodyne device configured to generate an overlap signal based upon: 1) a first optical signal output by a frequency-modulated continuous-wave (FMCW) laser, wherein the first optical signal comprises an optical frequency chirp that is based upon an input voltage signal received by the FMCW laser; and 2) a second optical signal output by a reference laser. The system also includes a photodetector that is optically coupled to the optical heterodyne device, the photodetector configured to output an electrical beat signal based upon the mixing of the optical signals, wherein the electrical beat signal is representative of the mixed down optical signal. The system further includes a frequency analyzer system that generates, based upon the electrical beat signal, data that is indicative of linearity of the optical frequency chirp in the first optical signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Inventors: Ayan Chakrabarty, Vladimir Ilchenko, Kamel Benboudjema, Richard Kalantar Ohanian, Patrick Nercessian
  • Patent number: 11652330
    Abstract: An optical amplifier device employing a Mach-Zehnder Interferometer (MZI) that reduces the amount of residual pump power in the optical output of the amplifier is disclosed. The MZI amplifier employs two geometrically linear optical amplifier arms or two multi-spatial-mode racetrack optical amplifiers to amplify a signal with a pumping beam, with the signal output port having extremely low levels of residual pump power. The MZI optical amplifier is a silicon photonic integrated circuit, with all optical amplifiers, couplers, phase shifters, and optical attenuators formed of silicon photonic integrated circuit elements. The MZI optical amplifier may include one, two, or three MZI stages, and multiple MZI optical amplifiers may be used in parallel or sequentially to achieve higher overall signal gain or power. The MZI optical amplifier may employ Brillouin-scattering-based amplifiers, Raman-based integrated waveguide optical amplifiers, or Erbium-doped integrated waveguide optical amplifiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignees: National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC, Yale University
    Inventors: Anthony L. Lentine, Michael Gehl, Peter Rakich, Shai Gertler, Nils Otterstrom
  • Patent number: 11650322
    Abstract: A method for detecting incident laser radiation on a spacecraft, whereby incident radiation is detected separately in several discrete spectral ranges, the radiation recorded in the spectral ranges is converted into further processable electrical signals, and the signals are evaluated together. A device for detecting incident laser radiation on a spacecraft is configured to perform such a method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: Jena-Optronik GmbH
    Inventors: Uwe Schmidt, Thorben Haarlammert, Frank Kröber
  • Patent number: 11644543
    Abstract: Embodiments discussed herein refer to using LiDAR systems that uses a rotating polygon with a multi-facet mirror. Such multi-facet galvanometer mirror arrangements generate a point map that has reduced curvature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: Innovusion, Inc.
    Inventors: Micah Ledbetter, Junwei Bao, Rui Zhang, Yimin Li