Patents Examined by Mindy Vu
  • Patent number: 9823365
    Abstract: A portable radiographic image capturing apparatus includes a radiation conversion panel configured to output image information on the basis of applied radiation, a casing housing the radiation conversion panel therein, and a plurality of support members on which the radiation conversion panel is supported in the casing. The support members have slot structures housing wires therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Koichi Eguchi
  • Patent number: 9823124
    Abstract: A method and a system for terahertz detection, using at least a first and a second electrodes separated by a centro-symmetric material. The system comprises at least a first and a second electrodes with conductive pads for connection to a voltage source, separated by a centro-symmetric material; the method comprising second harmonic generation in the centro-symmetric material by overlapping of a probe and a terahertz beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
    Inventors: Matteo Clerici, Marco Peccianti, Sze Phing Ho, Anna Mazhorova, Roberto Morandotti, Alessia Pasquazi, Luca Razzari, Yoann Jestin
  • Patent number: 9810807
    Abstract: A system includes a tool for measuring properties of a formation. The tool includes a tool body, a neutron source to emit neutrons disposed within the tool body, a neutron detector disposed within the tool body spaced apart from the neutron source, and a neutron shield arranged in operational relationship to the neutron detector, the neutron shield defines an exterior surface and an interior volume, the neutron shield to prevent neutrons having an energy below a first predetermined threshold from traveling from the exterior surface to the interior volume. The neutron shield is movably coupled to the tool body, wherein the neutron shield defines a non-occluded position relative to the neutron detector such that the neutron detector is at least partially outside the interior volume, and the neutron shield defines an occluded position relative to the neutron detector such that the neutron detector is disposed within the interior volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Grant Goodyear
  • Patent number: 9804276
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a scintillation pixel array, a radiation sensing apparatus, a scintillation apparatus, and methods of making a scintillation pixel array wherein scintillation pixels have beveled surfaces and a reflective material around the beveled surfaces. The embodiments described herein can reduce the amount of cross-talk between adjacent scintillation pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN CERAMICS & PLASTICS, INC.
    Inventor: Peter R. Menge
  • Patent number: 9797771
    Abstract: A process for improving sensitivity of a film base, coated with a dispersion of a normally crystalline polyacetylenic compound in a non-solvating liquid which is dried on the film surface, to particular photon energy band, specifically, long wavelength UV; the polyacetylenic compound preferably having at least two conjugated acetylenic linkages and containing from 12 to 60 carbon atoms. The sensitization of the film to long wavelength UV is achieved via the addition of photoinitiator(s) capable of absorbing UV energy and converting it to free radicals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: ISP INVESTMENTS INC.
    Inventors: Xiang Yu, Hsiao-Yi Shih, David Lewis Fairhurst
  • Patent number: 9791576
    Abstract: The present invention provides a scintillator panel which is provided with a narrow barrier rib with high accuracy in a large area, has a high light emission luminance, and provides sharp images. The present invention provides a scintillator panel including: a plate-like substrate; a grid-like barrier rib provided on the substrate; and a scintillator layer containing a phosphor filled in cells divided by the barrier rib, wherein the barrier rib is mainly composed of a low-melting-point glass, and the substrate is formed of a material which is mainly composed of a ceramic selected from the group consisting of alumina, aluminum nitride, mullite and steatite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Tsubasa Hamano, Takahiro Tanino, Yuichiro Iguchi
  • Patent number: 9766120
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mobile device for detecting light. The mobile device (300) includes a photo detector (320) which is arranged at the end of a socket barrel (114) of an audio jack socket in the mobile device. The socket barrel serves to collimate the light onto the photo detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Frederik Jan De Bruijn, Onno Martin Janssen, Lorenzo Feri, Tommaso Gritti, Stephanus Joseph Johannes Nijssen
  • Patent number: 9759821
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for detection of radiation, including: a method and apparatus for detection of fast and/or thermal neutrons; a method and apparatus for detection of neutrons in high backgrounds of gamma rays; a method and apparatus having high sensitivity and/or high gamma discrimination; a method and apparatus including a given single material that can detect fast neutrons and simultaneously detect gamma rays with moderate energy resolution. Liquid, viscous liquid, gel, and/or solid scintillating materials. A scintillating matrix, such as a liquid, having a highly polar matrix, such as a liquid solvent, dissolved dyes, and a high concentration of a dissolved organo metallic compound. The use of a single material for a large area detector of fast neutrons and gamma rays can provide material and cost benefits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: NANOPTICS, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Youngwook Noh, Richard T. Farley, James K. Walker
  • Patent number: 9746580
    Abstract: Techniques, systems and apparatus are described for a multimode passive detection system (MMPDS). A MMPDS includes a detector assembly of array of drift tubes arranged as detector modules to generate detector signal data representing electrical responses to cosmic ray charged particles passing through respective detector modules and traversing through a volume of interest (VOI). Detector circuitry measures the generated detector signal data and outputs the measured detector signal data as spatially segregated data streams corresponding to respective detector modules. A clock system distributes a master clock signal throughout the detector circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Decision Sciences International Corporation
    Inventors: James J. Hayes, Michael James Sossong
  • Patent number: 9746412
    Abstract: The disclosed flow cytometer includes a wavelength division multiplexer (WDM). The WDM includes an extended light source providing light that forms an object, a collimating optical element that captures light from the extended light source and projects a magnified image of the object as a first light beam, and a first focusing optical element configured to focus the first light beam to a size smaller than the object of the extended light source to a first semiconductor detector. The disclosed flow cytometer further includes a composite microscope objective to direct light emitted by a particle in a flow channel in a viewing zone of the composite microscope to the extended light source, a fluidic system and a peristaltic pump configured to supply liquid sheath and liquid sample to the flow channel, and a laser diode system to illuminate the particle in the flow channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Iris International, Inc.
    Inventor: Yong Qin Chen
  • Patent number: 9739897
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to lanthanum-yttrium oxide scintillators used for detecting radiation, such as X-rays, gamma rays and thermal neutron radiation and charged particles, in security, medical imaging, particle physics and other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Board of Regents, the University of Texas System
    Inventor: Wei Chen
  • Patent number: 9733074
    Abstract: A method for analysing at least one fuel rod comprising a stack of nuclear fuel, a rod comprising packed zones completely filled with fuel and intermediate zones partially full of fuel, comprises: acquiring a count profile associated with a non-migrating isotope, a profile being made up of spectrometry measurements taken along the rod for this isotope; determining a set of at least one indicator K_i that makes it possible to quantify the reduction in material at an intermediate zone of index i, the said indicator being deduced from the count profile; detecting the change in geometry by comparing the set of at least one indicator K_i against a set of at least one reference value RK indicative of the initial geometry of the nuclear fuel stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Commissariat A L'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives
    Inventors: Laurent Loubet, Brigitte Lacroix, Jean Noirot, Thierry Martella
  • Patent number: 9726621
    Abstract: In a helical resonator ion accelerator ions are injected into a hollow dielectric pipe forming a vacuum chamber along which the ions are accelerated. The dielectric pipe is wrapped with a coil and positioned inside a metal pipe. The dielectric pipe, the coil and the metal pipe are arranged coaxially on an axis along which ions are accelerated. A static or magnetic beam optic is used to radially focus the deuterium ions as they transit the accelerator. A pulse generator coupled to the coil is used to generate a voltage wave pulse. The pulse travels down the axis of the accelerator on the helix formed by the coil. An ion source injects deuterium ions along the dielectric pipe axis. A traveling voltage wave is accelerated by tapering the impedance of the accelerator along the accelerator to reduce the impedance per unit length of the accelerator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: HELIONX LLC
    Inventor: Dennis E. Bahr
  • Patent number: 9726547
    Abstract: A microbolometer device integrated with CMOS and BiCMOS technologies and methods of manufacture are disclosed. The method includes forming a microbolometer unit cell, comprises damaging a portion of a substrate to form a damaged region. The method further includes forming infrared (IR) absorbing material on the damaged region. The method further includes isolating the IR absorbing material by forming a cavity underneath the IR absorbing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC.
    Inventors: Qizhi Liu, Anthony K. Stamper, Ronald F. Waller
  • Patent number: 9719913
    Abstract: An outer part for a device which is attachable thereto as a housing and/or an attachment part, a first reflective surface and a second reflective surface being formed on the outer part so that at least one signal emitted by an optical and/or acoustic source is directly or indirectly deflectable onto at least one detector surface of an optical and/or acoustic detector, an optical path being configured as a cavern or continuous recess in the outer part or as a depression of a boundary surface of the outer part, the optical path having at least one opening via which at least one substance is transferable into the optical path, and the at least one signal being deflectable into the optical path to the second reflective surface which is formed at a second end of the optical path with the first reflective surface at a first end of the optical path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Richard Fix, Andreas Krauss, Michael Badeja
  • Patent number: 9719928
    Abstract: In order to determine the locations of individual fluorescent molecules in a sample, which keep a minimum distance with regard to each other, the individual molecules are excited for emission of fluorescence light by means of excitation light. The fluorescence light is registered for different positions of a zero point of an intensity distribution of the excitation light. The distance between these positions is at least half the minimum distance of the fluorescent molecules. The locations of the fluorescent molecules are derived from the course of the intensity of the fluorescence light over the positions of the zero point of the excitation light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.
    Inventor: Stefan W. Hell
  • Patent number: 9714906
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose a nuclide identification method, a nuclide identification system, and a photoneutron emitter. The photoneutron emitter comprises: a pulsed electron accelerator configured for emitting electrons; and a photoneutron converting target configured to receive the electrons emitted by the pulsed electron accelerator and convert the electrons into photoneutrons. The photoneutron converting target has a volume of about 100 to about 8000 cm3, of about 100 to about 2500 cm3, or of about 785 cm3. These embodiments of the present invention can improve an accuracy of identification of a nuclide, and provide a practical photoneutron emitter, method and system for identifying a nuclide. Especially, these embodiments of the present invention can improve an accuracy of identification of a fissile nuclide such as 233U, 235U, and 239Pu, and provide a practical photoneutron emitter, method and system for identifying a fissile nuclide such as 233U, 235U, and 239Pu.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignees: TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY, NUCTECH COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Zhiqiang Chen, Yigang Yang, Xuewu Wang, Qinjian Zhang, Huaibi Chen, Yuanjing Li
  • Patent number: 9709615
    Abstract: An oil-in-water emulsion includes an aqueous phase and an oily phase, the aqueous phase including water and a relaxing agent, and the oily phase including an oil and at least one surfactant. The emulsion has dielectric properties simulating dielectric properties of the human body. A device including the emulsion, a simulated human body part filled with the emulsion; and at least one system capable of measuring a local specific absorption rate when the simulated human body part is exposed to an electromagnetic field are also described. A method for conducting specific absorption rate tests of an apparatus radiating an electromagnetic field including using the emulsion, and a process for manufacturing the emulsion are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: ART-FI
    Inventors: Kristell Quelever, Thibaud Coradin, Christian Bonhomme, Olivier Meyer, Benoit Derat
  • Patent number: 9702989
    Abstract: A portable radiographic image capturing apparatus includes a radiation conversion panel configured to output image information on the basis of applied radiation, a casing housing the radiation conversion panel therein, and a plurality of support members on which the radiation conversion panel is supported in the casing. The support members have slot structures housing wires therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Koichi Eguchi
  • Patent number: 9690006
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a downhole tool that includes a photon source, a photon detector having a plurality of detector pixels in a cylindrical row and column arrangement, and a radial collimator having at least two concentric frustoconical collimators circumferentially arranged about the photon detector and at least two azimuthal collimating members radially arranged with respect to the photon detector, wherein one of the azimuthal collimating members is on a first side of a detector pixel and a second azimuthal collimator is on a second side of a detector pixel opposite the first side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Dongwon Lee, Weijun Guo