Patents Examined by Omar R Rojas
  • Patent number: 11569431
    Abstract: A CMOS-compatible actuator platform for implementing phase, amplitude, and frequency modulation in silicon nitride photonic integrated circuits via piezo-optomechanical coupling using tightly mechanically coupled aluminum nitride actuators is disclosed. The platform, which may be fabricated in a CMOS foundry, enables scalable active photonic integrated circuits for visible wavelengths, and the piezoelectric actuation functions without performance degradation down to cryogenic operating temperatures. A number of devices are possible, including ring modulator devices, phase shifter devices, Mach-Zehnder interferometer devices, directional coupler devices (including tunable directional coupler devices), and acousto-optic modulator and frequency shifter devices, each of which can employ the same AlN actuator platform. As all of these devices can be built on the same AlN actuator platform, numerous optical functions can be implemented on a single die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC
    Inventors: Matt Eichenfield, Andrew Jay Leenheer, Paul Stanfield
  • Patent number: 11567269
    Abstract: There are provided an optical receptacle having an optical fiber including a first portion on another end surface side, a third portion on one end surface side, and a second portion between the first portion and the third portion; a core diameter at the first portion is smaller than the core diameter at the third portion; the core diameter at the second portion increases from the first portion side toward the third portion side; a first elastic member is provided between the optical fiber and an inner wall of a through-hole; a holder holds the another end surface side of a fiber stub; and the sleeve holds the one end surface side of the fiber stub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Adamant Namiki Precision Jewel Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sho Kondo, Hirotsugu Agatsuma, Satoshi Kaneyuki, Satoshi Hakozaki, Hiroki Sato, Kohei Tominaga
  • Patent number: 11555957
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a multicore fiber includes: an initial-preform forming process of forming an initial preform by arranging in an array a plurality of core rods each including a core portion and a cladding portion formed around outer periphery of the core portion; and an optical fiber manufacturing process of manufacturing an optical fiber from the initial preform. Further, the core rods include a plurality of holes, and the core rods are arranged in a manner that one hole is arranged between two core portion adjacent to each other in the initial-preform forming process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Inventor: Kazunori Mukasa
  • Patent number: 11555971
    Abstract: An apparatus and method herein efficiently couple spatial light to optical fiber light for achieving stability of an optical axis without a position sensor. The basic concept of the method includes: first, obtaining, according to a theoretical coupling efficiency model, a model parameter by means of fitting calculation; second, using a four-point tracking algorithm to calculate an optical fiber nutation trajectory according to the optical fiber nutation principle; and finally, using the nutation trajectory to calculate the position deviation of a central point. The optical axis is ensured to be stable by correcting the position deviation, and the high coupling efficiency remains. The method is used for the stability of the optical axis in a space coherent laser communication DPSK link. The high efficiency coupling is a key technology of long-distance, high bit rate transmission in space laser communication, and is significant in the development of inter-satellite optical communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Inventors: Peipei Hou, Jianfeng Sun, Zhiyong Lu, Yu Zhou, Yiqun Wang, Lijuan Wang, Yueli Xi
  • Patent number: 11550105
    Abstract: A cable sealing device including an attaching part securable to the cable; a fixation part adapted to be mountable on the attaching part; and a sealing part. The attaching part includes outer locking faces. The fixation part has inner abutment faces adapted to co-operate with the outer locking faces to axially and rotationally lock the fixation part relative to the attaching part. The sealing part includes an inner seal and an outer seal. The sealing part also includes a second securing arrangement that is configured to engage a first securing arrangement of the fixation part to axially and rotationally lock the sealing part to the fixation part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: CommScope Connectivity Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Dirk Kempeneers, Bart Vos, Kristof Vastmans, Danny Willy August Verheyden, Jos Paul G. Vandepoel
  • Patent number: 11550103
    Abstract: An optical connection component includes an optical fiber; a high relative refractive-index difference optical fiber that is fusion-spliced to the optical fiber and has a greater relative refractive-index difference to a cladding of a core than the optical fiber; and an accommodating member accommodating the entire length of the optical fiber and the high relative refractive-index difference optical fiber, and has a first end face on which an end face of the optical fiber on the side opposite to the fusion-spliced side is exposed to be substantially flush with the first end face, and a second end face on which an end face of the high relative refractive-index difference optical fiber on the side opposite to the fusion-spliced side is exposed to be substantially flush with the second end face. The optical fiber and the high relative refractive-index difference optical fiber are fixed to the accommodating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Inventors: Masanori Takahashi, Mitsuhiro Iwaya, Masayoshi Tsukamoto
  • Patent number: 11506856
    Abstract: Anchoring an input cable (190) at an input port (123, 223) of an enclosure (110) includes inserting the input cable (190) through an anchor member (151, 251) so that a cable jacket (191) terminates within the anchor member (151, 251) and at least one optical fiber (195) extends outwardly from the anchor member (151, 251). The anchor member (151, 251) is secured to the cable jacket (191) using the sheath (175). A cover (162, 260) is mounted to the anchor member (151, 251) to form a pass-through assembly (150, 250) defining an enclosed region. Material is injected into the enclosed region to fix strength members (197) and/or optical fibers (195) of the input cable (190) to the pass-through assembly (150, 250). The ruggedized pass-through assembly (150, 250) is disposed at a base (120, 220) of the enclosure (110).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: CommScope Connectivity Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Bart Mattie Claessens, Philippe Coenegracht
  • Patent number: 11500171
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an optical fiber ribbon, comprising a plurality of adjacent optical fiber units extending in a longitudinal direction and arranged in parallel forming an optical fiber assembly having a width, each of the optical fiber units comprising either a single fiber or a group of at most three optical fibers, preferably two optical fibers, encapsulated with a matrix material; and a plurality of successive elongated rectilinear beads of a bonding material being arranged along a length of said assembly; each of said plurality of beads being configured to form an elongated bond between two adjacent optical fiber units of the plurality of optical fiber units; wherein a first bead forming a first bond connects a first pair of adjacent optical fiber units while the successive bond formed by the successive bead, connects a further pair of adjacent optical fiber units, wherein at least one optical fiber unit of the further pair differs from the optical fiber units of the first pair; wherein at
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Prysmian S.p.A.
    Inventors: Ehsan Fallahmohammadi, Brian G. Risch, John R. Sach, Jeffrey Scott Barker, Clint Anderson
  • Patent number: 11500158
    Abstract: Arrays of fiber pigtails can be used to project and receive light. Unfortunately, most fiber pigtail arrays are not aligned well enough for coherently combining different optical beams. This imprecision stems in part from misalignment between the optical fiber and the endcap spliced to the end of the optical fiber. The endcap is often polished, curved, or patterned, causing the light emitted by the endcapped fiber to refract or diffract as it exits the endcap. This refraction or diffraction shifts the apparent position of the beam waist from its actual position. Measuring this virtual beam waist position before and after splicing the endcap to the fiber increases the absolute precision with which the fiber is aligned to the endcap. This increase in absolute precision reduces the deviation in virtual beam waist position among endcapped fibers, making it easier to produce arrays of endcapped fibers aligned precisely enough for coherent beam combining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Jason E. Langseth, Christopher Hwang, William Nowak, Daniel Miller, David Fouche, Joshua Olitzky
  • Patent number: 11493684
    Abstract: An interferometric optical fibre sensor comprises optical fibre defining an optical circuit configured to propagate a first optical wave via an environment in which the optical fibre can be exposed to a stimulus that modifies the first optical wave, and a second optical wave, and to combine the first optical wave and the second optical wave to create an interference signal containing information about the stimulus, wherein optical fibre propagating either or both of the first optical wave and the second optical wave comprises hollow core optical fibre configured to propagate the optical wave or waves by an antiresonant optical guidance effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: University of Southampton
    Inventors: Austin Taranta, Eric Numkam-Fokoua, Francesco Poletti, David Neil Payne
  • Patent number: 11487062
    Abstract: A field-assembly optical connector includes an inner sleeve module, a connector frame housing the inner sleeve module, and a cable boot coupled to the inner sleeve module to protect a sheath of an optical fiber. The inner sleeve module includes a sleeve body having a sleeve, an intermediate connector fitted on the sleeve body and having protrusions, a spring fitted on a threaded portion of the sleeve body, a fixing ring screwed to the threaded portion of the sleeve body, and a ferrule stub inserted into the sleeve body through the fixing ring. A cable boot is fixed to the sleeve body and is coupled to the intermediate connector to be moveable within a predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Inventors: Hae Jin Lee, Byung Chul Park
  • Patent number: 11467409
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a display device includes one or more waveguides having a vapor deposited light absorbing film on edges of the waveguide to mitigate ghost images. In some embodiments, the film is formed directly on the edge of the waveguide by a vapor deposition, such as an evaporative deposition process. In some embodiments, the light absorbing films may comprise carbon, for example carbon in the form of one or more allotropes of carbon, such as fullerenes, or black silicon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventor: Mauro Melli
  • Patent number: 11460650
    Abstract: An optical waveguide device includes: a substrate having an electro-optic effect, an optical waveguide formed on the substrate, a light-receiving element disposed on the substrate and monitoring a light wave propagating through the optical waveguide or a light wave that is radiated from the optical waveguide; and a monitoring optical waveguide extending from the optical waveguide to the light-receiving element, in which the monitoring optical waveguide has a U-turn waveguide with respect to an output direction of the optical waveguide, and the light-receiving element is disposed at a part of the monitoring optical waveguide after the U-turn waveguide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventors: Norikazu Miyazaki, Yu Nakata
  • Patent number: 11460651
    Abstract: An interconnect package integrates a photonic die, an electronic die, and a switch ASIC into one package. At least some of the components in the electronic die, such as, for example, the serializer/deserializer circuits, transceivers, clocking circuitry, and/or control circuitry are integrated into the switch ASIC to produce an integrated switch ASIC. The photonic die is attached and electrically connected to the integrated switch ASIC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Rabiul Islam, Stefan Rusu, Nick Samra
  • Patent number: 11460643
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a guarding wall mechanism (100) for an optical fiber (101). The mechanism (100) comprises a housing (202) adapted to house the optical fiber (101), wherein the housing (202) defines a space (108) between the optical fiber (101) and a guarding wall of the housing (202). A plurality of suction units (103) disposed in the space (108). Each of the plurality of suction units (103) are configured to selectively exert suction pressure on an examination surface in contact with a free end (109) of the optical fiber (101). The guarding wall mechanism (100) of the present disclosure eliminates leakage of light and reduces Fresnel losses. Also, the mechanism (100) improves comfort to the patient during examination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventors: Anupam Lavania, Shilpa Malik
  • Patent number: 11454770
    Abstract: Provided are an apparatus and method for adjusting an optical axis. In the apparatus, an iris diaphragm and a quadrant photodiode (QPD) are used to align optical axes of an optical system of the apparatus so that optical transmission efficiency between an optical transmitter and an optical receiver can be increased. Since a hole of the iris diaphragm can be adjusted to be small, a beam larger than a light-receiving area of the QPD can be included in the light-receiving area, and optical axis alignment is facilitated accordingly. When the QPD and the iris diaphragm are applied to the apparatus, it is possible to simultaneously perform data transmission, tracking, and optical axis alignment. An optical fiber end surface and optical axes of lenses arranged in parallel are aligned in the apparatus so that alignment between two terminals can be easy and reception efficiency can be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Inventors: Young Soon Heo, Sung Chang Kim, Hyun Seo Kang, Chan Il Yeo, Ji Hyoung Ryu, Si Woong Park, Kye Eun Kim, Keo Sik Kim, Jeong Eun Kim, Gi Hyeon Min, Hyoung Jun Park, Dong Hoon Son, Mun Seob Lee
  • Patent number: 11448820
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an optical waveguide design of a fiber modified with a thin layer of epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) material. The design results in an excitation of a highly confined waveguide mode in the fiber near the wavelength where permittivity of thin layer approaches zero. Due to the high field confinement within thin layer, the ENZ mode can be characterized by a peak in modal loss of the hybrid waveguide. Results show that such in-fiber excitation of ENZ mode is due to the coupling of the guided fundamental core mode to the thin-film ENZ mode. The phase matching wavelength, where the coupling takes place, varies depending on the refractive index of the constituents. These ENZ nanostructured optical fibers have many potential applications, for example, in ENZ nonlinear and magneto-optics, as in-fiber wavelength-dependent filters, and as subwavelength fluid channel for optical and bio-photonic sensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Baylor University
    Inventors: Ho Wai Howard Lee, Khant Minn, Jingyi Yang, Oleksiy Anopchenko
  • Patent number: 11442234
    Abstract: A device may be provided comprising at least one optoelectronic component and at least one optical waveguide, which are configured to transfer light between the optoelectronic component and the optical waveguide, wherein the optical waveguide contains at least one first longitudinal portion in which at least one Bragg grating is introduced, which has a grating constant which is variable along the longitudinal extent of said Bragg grating, and the optoelectronic component is arranged at a lateral distance from the optical waveguide. Alternatively or in addition, a method may be provided for transferring light between at least one optoelectronic component and at least one optical waveguide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Inventors: Wolfgang Schade, Martin Angelmahr
  • Patent number: 11442236
    Abstract: An optical fiber cable includes a jacket and a plurality of stranded core subunits, each core subunit comprising a flexible sheath and a plurality of ribbons arranged in a ribbon group, wherein each ribbon of the plurality of ribbons comprises a plurality of connected fibers such that 50-70% of the cross-sectional area inside the sheath is occupied by the connected fibers. The flexible sheath may be an extruded PVC material that conforms to the shape of the ribbon stack and keeps all of the ribbons acting as a unitary body during bending.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Inventors: Bradley Jerome Blazer, David Alan Seddon, Rebecca Elizabeth Sistare, Kenneth Darrell Temple, Jr., Brandon Robert Williamson
  • Patent number: 11442238
    Abstract: An optical-fiber ribbon includes optical fibers (e.g., reduced-diameter optical fibers) arranged in parallel within optical-fiber units, wherein at least one adjacent pair of optical-fiber units is separated by a longitudinal adhesive-free spacing for a portion of the optical-fiber ribbon's length. Typically, each adjacent pair of optical-fiber units is separated by an adhesive-free spacing for a respective portion of the optical-fiber assembly's longitudinal length. In an exemplary embodiment, longitudinal adhesive-free spacings effectively increase the width of an optical-fiber ribbon formed of reduced-diameter optical fibers so that the optical-fiber ribbon achieves a more conventional optical-fiber ribbon width, thereby facilitating mass-fusion splicing using standard splicing equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Prysmian S.p.A.
    Inventors: Ehsan Fallahmohammadi, Clint Nicholaus Anderson, Luca Giorgio De Rai