Patents Examined by Thomas A Hollweg
  • Patent number: 10539751
    Abstract: A method of making an optical bench includes forming a trench in a substrate and wherein the trench has a sloping side, forming a reflector layer over the sloping side, depositing a redistribution layer over the substrate, disposing an under bump metallization (UBM) layer over the redistribution layer, depositing a passivation layer over the redistribution layer and surrounding sidewalls of the UBM layer, and mounting an optical component over an uppermost portion of the substrate, wherein the optical component is electrically connected to a through substrate via (TSV) extending through the substrate. The reflector layer is configured to reflect an electromagnetic wave from the optical component, and wherein the optical component is mounted outside the trench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Wan-Yu Lee, Chun-Hao Tseng, Hai-Ching Chen, Tien-I Bao
  • Patent number: 10539739
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a multi-mode optical fiber having a selected plurality of optical propagating modes. The selected plurality may include only a proper subset of or may include all of the optical propagating modes of the multi-mode optical fiber. Each optical propagating mode of the selected plurality has a group velocity that varies over a corresponding range for light in, at least, one of the optical telecommunications C-band, the optical telecommunications L-band, and the optical telecommunications S-band. The ranges corresponding to different ones of the modes of the selected plurality are non-overlapping. The ranges of a group velocity-adjacent pair of the ranges are separated by a nonzero gap of less than about 10,000 meters per second.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Rene′-Jean Essiambre, Roland Ryf
  • Patent number: 10535954
    Abstract: A plug adapter configured for application with a system for automatically deducing the electrical cabling between electrical devices includes: a plug configured to plug into in a socket of an electrical device; a socket configured to plug into a plug of an electrical cable; a light receiver positioned to receive light emitted by an optical fiber ending in the plug of the electrical cable; and an electronic unit configured to control the light receiver and/or the light emitter and including an interface configured to communicate with a cabling management system of the system configured to automatically deduce the electrical cabling between electrical devices in order to receive control signals for the light emitter and to transmit detection signals from the light receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Emilien Kia, Aurelien Begou
  • Patent number: 10534137
    Abstract: Unlike most MEMS device configurations which simply switch between two positions in many optical devices the state of a MEMS mirror is important in all transition positions. It may determine the characteristics of an optical delay line system and by that an optical coherence tomography system in one application and in another the number of wavelength channels and the dynamic wavelength switching capabilities in the other. The role of the MEMS is essential and it is responsible for altering the paths of the different wavelengths in either device. It would be beneficial to improve the performance of such MEMS and thereby the performance of the optical components and optical systems they form part of. The inventors have established improvements to the design and implementation of such MEMS mirrors as well as optical waveguide technologies to in-plane optical processing as well as the mid infrared for optical spectroscopy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Transfert Plus Societe en Commandite
    Inventors: Michael Menard, Frederic Nabki, Mohamed Rahim, Jonathan Briere, Philippe-Olivier Beaulieu
  • Patent number: 10527797
    Abstract: An optical waveguide comprises at least two TIR surface and contains a grating. Input TIR light with a first angular range along a first propagation direction undergoes at least two diffractions at the grating. Each diffraction directs light into a unique TIR angular range along a second propagation direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignees: DigiLens Inc., Rockwell Collins Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan David Waldern, Alastair John Grant, Milan Momcilo Popovich, James H. Stanley, Robert D. Brown
  • Patent number: 10527810
    Abstract: Embodiment of present invention provide an optical interconnect apparatus. The apparatus includes an optical signal path; a first set of fibers attached to a first end of the optical signal path via a first wavelength-division-multiplexing (WDM) filter; and a second set of fibers attached to a second end of the optical signal path via a second WDM filter, wherein at least the first set of fibers is a ribbon fiber. Embodiment of present invention further provide an interconnected optical system that includes a first optical transport terminal having a first set of optical signal ports and a second optical transport terminal having a second set of optical signal ports, with the two sets of optical signal ports being interconnected by the optical interconnect apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Auxora (Shenzhen) Inc.
    Inventors: Jinghui Li, Yuan Liu, Haiquan Zhang, Xiaodong Huang
  • Patent number: 10527874
    Abstract: An optical modulator is provided and includes a substrate that has an electro-optic effect, an optical waveguide that is formed on the substrate, a plurality of control electrodes that control a light wave propagated through the optical waveguide, and a plurality of light receiving elements that detect a light wave propagated through the optical waveguide. The optical modulator has two or more independent optical waveguide modulation portions. The light receiving elements are respectively provided in an upper part of the substrate with respect to the independent optical waveguide modulation portions. A wiring substrate is located above the substrate. A plurality of electric wirings are located on the wiring substrate. The plurality of electric wirings are disposed to extend in the vicinity of one side of the wiring substrate, are electrically connected to the light receiving elements, and output a signal detected by the light receiving elements to the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: SUMITOMO OSAKA CEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Norikazu Miyazaki, Kei Katou
  • Patent number: 10520371
    Abstract: An optical fiber temperature sensor including a lead-in fiber and black body emitter. The lead-in optical fiber includes a fiber end, and the black body emitter is fused on the fiber end, wherein the black body emitter is made up of a melted high emissivity material included integrally in melted silica. Further embodiments include temperature monitoring apparatus with one or more optical fiber temperature sensors, and electronic device processing apparatus including optical fiber temperature monitoring. Numerous other aspects and embodiments are included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Busche
  • Patent number: 10514510
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a keyed optical component assembly that ensures that the same has a proper orientation when press-fit into or otherwise coupled to a complimentary opening of an optical subassembly housing. In an embodiment, the keyed optical component assembly includes a base portion defined by a first end and a second end disposed opposite the first end along a longitudinal axis. A first arcuate region extends from the first end towards the second end and transitions into a tapered region. A second arcuate region extends from the second end towards the first end and also transitions into the tapered region. Therefore, the tapered region extends between the first arcuate region and the second arcuate region, and generally tapers/narrows from the second arcuate region to the first arcuate region. The resulting shape of the base portion may generally be described as an asymmetric tear-drop shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Applied Optoelectronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kai-Sheng Lin, Justin Lii, Hao-Hsiang Liao
  • Patent number: 10514499
    Abstract: A photonic chip includes a device layer and a port layer, with an optical port located at the port layer. Inter-layer optical couplers are provided for coupling light between the device and port layers. The inter-layer couplers may be configured to couple signal light but block pump light or other undesired wavelength from entering the device layer, operating as an input filter. The port layer may accommodate other light pre-processing functions, such as optical power splitting, that are undesirable in the device layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Elenion Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ari Novack, Ruizhi Shi, Alexandre Horth, Ran Ding, Michael J. Hochberg
  • Patent number: 10509164
    Abstract: A guide transition device including a light source designed to generate a light beam, a light input port on a first plane and coupled to receive the light beam from the light source, a light output port on a second plane different than the first plane, the light output port designed to couple a received light beam to output equipment and plane shifting apparatus coupled to receive the light beam from the light input port on the first plane and to shift or transfer the light beam to the second plane. The plane shifting apparatus is coupled to transfer the light beam to the light output port on the second plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Lightwave Logic Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Lebby, Frederick J Leonberger, Richard Becker
  • Patent number: 10501370
    Abstract: An optical fiber and its manufacture are provided. The optical fiber includes an optical waveguide and a cured primary coating layer surrounding the optical waveguide. The optical fiber further includes a cured secondary coating layer surrounding the cured primary coating layer. The optical fiber further includes a cured tertiary ink coating layer surrounding the cured secondary coating layer. The cured tertiary ink coating layer has a glass transition temperature (Tg-ink) of greater than or equal to 75° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Dana Craig Bookbinder, Robert Clark Moore, Darren Andrew Stainer, Pushkar Tandon, Ruchi Tandon, Michael James Todt
  • Patent number: 10495821
    Abstract: An epoxy-free, high-durability and low-cost plastic optical fiber splice design and fabrication process which meets commercial airplane environmental requirements. The splice design: (1) does not require the use of epoxy to join the end faces of two plastic optical fibers together; (2) incorporates double-crimp rings to provide highly durable pull force for the plastic optical fibers that are joined together; (3) resolves any vibration problem at the plastic optical fiber end faces using a miniature stop inside a splice alignment sleeve; and (4) incorporates a splice alignment sleeve that can be mass produced using precision molding or three-dimensional printing processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Dennis G. Koshinz, Eric Y. Chan, Tuong K. Truong, Kim Quan Anh Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10481357
    Abstract: A fiber optic telecommunications system includes a frame and a fiber optic module mounted on the frame via a slide assembly that includes a gear mechanism. The slide assembly is defined by a rack mount portion, a center portion, and a main housing portion. The rack mount portion is stationarily coupled to the frame, the center portion is slidably coupled to the rack mount portion along a sliding direction, and the main housing portion is slidably coupled to the center portion along the sliding direction. The center portion includes a latch for unlatching the center portion for slidable movement, wherein movement of the center portion with respect to the rack mount portion moves the main housing portion relative to the frame along the sliding direction. The main housing portion is configured for mounting adapters that receive connectorized cables for routing through the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Holmberg, James J. Solheid, Mark Meredith, Jonathan T. Lawson
  • Patent number: 10481329
    Abstract: A fiber optic connector assembly includes a connector and a carrier. The connector has first and second ends and a terminated fiber. The fiber defines a first end adjacent the first end of the connector and a second end protruding out of the second end of the connector. A carrier having a connector end and an opposite cable end is engaged with the connector. An alignment structure on the carrier includes a first end, a second end, and a throughhole and also a cutaway extending perpendicularly to and communicating with the throughhole. The fiber is positioned within at least a portion of the throughhole with the second end located within the cutaway. A window is within the cutaway over the second end of the fiber for visually inspecting the alignment of the second end of the fiber with an end of another fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Jarrod Scadden, Wagner da Silva Aguiar, Wayne M. Kachmar, Jeff Bearwald, Alan Shores
  • Patent number: 10474101
    Abstract: A method and system for recycling signals in a leaky mode device for a holographic display or other application. A leaky mode device comprises at least a first transducer, a substrate, and a second transducer. The first transducer may be configured to receive an input signal from a signal arbiter, which forwards to the first transducer as an input signal either a new input signal or a recycled input signal (or some combination of the two). The first transducer converts the received input signal to a SAW (surface acoustic wave) and transmits the SAW through the substrate to the second transducer, which converts the received SAW to an output signal, and forwards the output signal to an amplifier, which amplifies the output signal (now a “recycled” signal) and forwards to the signal arbiter. This system facilitates persistence for points in a holographic display without the need for continually rewriting to leaky mode devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventor: Daniel Smalley
  • Patent number: 10473863
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to a multi-fiber fiber optic connector having a connector body, a multi-fiber ferrule supported at a distal end of the connector body, a spring for biasing the multi-fiber ferrule in a distal direction and a spring push retaining the spring and the ferrule within the connector body. The spring push including oppositely positioned spring support shelves that provide spring seating and provide spring stability during side loading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: COMMSCOPE TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventor: Yu Lu
  • Patent number: 10466570
    Abstract: A device for emission of an electromagnetic wave front designed to be connected in use to a light source emitting a light beam, and including at least three emission waveguides, each including a straight segment that receives one or several optical power extraction elements; and on the input side of each of the straight segments, a phase shift element and an optical coupler with an adjustable coupling ratio. At least two straight segments extend along straight lines that are not parallel to each other. An orientation of a principal emission beam is selected, defined in far field, by adjusting the coupling ratio of each of the optical couplers and the phase shift introduced by phase shift elements receiving the optical power. The invention is particularly advantageous in the context of remote detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventors: Karim Hassan, Salim Boutami, Christophe Kopp
  • Patent number: 10466571
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are disclosed for implementing electro-optical modulators in which a resonating cavity structure is coupled to a transmission waveguide. In one example, the resonating structure includes a ring resonator whose coupling strength is controlled via an electrical control signal. The ring resonator is made of a capacitor comprising monolayer graphene sheets separated by a thick layer of dielectric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Cornell University
    Inventors: Christopher Phare, Michal Lipson
  • Patent number: 10466421
    Abstract: Wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) has enabled telecommunication service providers to provide multiple independent multi-gigabit channels on one optical fiber. To meet demands for improved performance, increased integration, reduced footprint, reduced power consumption, increased flexibility, re-configurability, and lower cost monolithic optical circuit technologies and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) have become increasingly important. However, further integration via microoptoelectromechanical systems (MOEMS) of monolithically integrated optical waveguides upon a MEMS provide further integration opportunities and functionality options. Such MOEMS may include MOEMS mirrors and optical waveguides capable of deflection under electronic control. In contrast to MEMS devices where the MEMS is simply used to switch between two positions the state of MOEMS becomes important in all transition positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Aeponyx Inc.
    Inventors: Francois Menard, Michael Menard, Frederic Nabki, Martin Berard, Jonathan Briere