Patents by Inventor Alexander GONCHAROV

Alexander GONCHAROV has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20190265445
    Abstract: An iris image acquisition system for a mobile device, comprises a lens assembly arranged along an optical axis and configured for forming an image comprising at least one iris of a subject disposed frontally to the lens assembly; and an image sensor configured to acquire the formed image. The lens assembly comprises a first lens refractive element and at least one second lens element for converging incident radiation to the first refractive element. The first refractive element has a variable thickness configured to counteract a shift of the formed image along the optical axis induced by change in iris-lens assembly distance, such that different areas of the image sensor on which irises at different respective iris-lens assembly distances are formed are in focus within a range of respective iris-lens assembly distances at which iris detail is provided at sufficient contrast to be recognised.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Applicant: FotoNation Limited
    Inventors: Niamh FITZGERALD, Christopher DAINTY, Alexander GONCHAROV
  • Patent number: 10388305
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are apparatuses and methods for writing to a magnetic medium, and data storage devices comprising such apparatuses and methods. An apparatus comprises a main pole, a trailing shield, a write-field-enhancing structure, a write coil, a write current control circuit configured to supply a write current to the write coil to record a bit to a magnetic medium, and a driving current control circuit configured to supply a driving current to the write-field-enhancing structure, wherein the driving current comprises a driving pulse. A method of writing to a magnetic medium comprises supplying a write current to a write coil of a magnetic write head, and supplying a driving current to a free layer disposed in a write gap between a main pole and a trailing shield of the magnetic write head, wherein the driving current comprises an AC component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gonçalo Marcos Baião De Albuquerque, Yunfei Ding, Alexander Goncharov, Kuok San Ho, Daniele Mauri, Goran Mihajlovic, Suping Song, Petrus Antonius Van Der Heijden
  • Publication number: 20190244635
    Abstract: A microwave-assisted magnetic recording (MAMR) write head has a spin-torque oscillator (STO) and a ferromagnetic compensation layer between the write pole and trailing shield. The compensation layer is separated from the free layer by a nonmagnetic barrier layer that prevents spin-polarized electrons from the free layer from reaching the compensation layer. The compensation layer may be located between the write pole and the free layer. Electrons become spin-polarized by the compensation layer and are reflected back from the write pole across a nonmagnetic spacer layer. This causes the magnetization of the compensation layer to flip and become antiparallel to the magnetization of the free layer. The compensation layer thus generates a DC offset field that compensates for the negative effect of the DC shunting field from the free layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Alexander GONCHAROV, Muhammad ASIF BASHIR
  • Publication number: 20190244634
    Abstract: A magnetic recording head is disclosed having a main pole, a shield hot seed layer positioned at a first side of the main pole, a first material positioned at both a second side and a third side of the main pole, the first material connected to the main pole, a second material positioned adjacent to the first material on the second side and the third side of the main pole, the second material comprised of a spin torque layer, a third material positioned adjacent to the second material on the second side and the third side of the main pole, a fourth material positioned adjacent to the third material on the second side and the third side of the main pole and a side shield connected on an exterior side of the fourth material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Alexander GONCHAROV, Muhammad ASIF BASHIR, James Terrence OLSON, Petrus Antonius VAN DER HEIJDEN
  • Patent number: 10366714
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are magnetic write heads for providing spin-torque-assisted write field enhancement, and hard disk drives comprising such magnetic write heads. Within the write gap, each magnetic write head comprises a main pole, a trailing shield, a spacer disposed between the main pole and the trailing shield, a non-magnetic layer disposed between the main pole and the trailing shield, and a magnetic DC-field-generation (DFG) layer adjacent to the spacer and disposed between the spacer and the non-magnetic layer. In some embodiments, the DFG layer is the only magnetic layer within the write gap that is not adjacent to the main pole or the trailing shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Terrence Olson, Hiroyuki Hoshiya, Alexander Goncharov, Masato Shiimoto, Mikito Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 10310145
    Abstract: An image acquisition system for acquiring iris images for use in biometric recognition of a subject includes an optical system comprising a cluster of at least 2 lenses arranged in front of a common image sensor with each lens optical axis in parallel spaced apart relationship. Each lens has a fixed focus and a different aperture to provide a respective angular field of view. The lens with the closest focus has the smallest aperture and the lens with the farthest focus has the largest aperture so that iris images can be acquired across a focal range of at least from 200 mm to 300 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: FotoNation Limited
    Inventors: Peter Corcoran, Petronel Bigioi, Christopher Dainty, Alexander Goncharov
  • Patent number: 10212366
    Abstract: An iris image acquisition system comprises an image sensor comprising an array of pixels including pixels sensitive to NIR wavelengths; at least one NIR light source capable of selectively emitting light with different discrete NIR wavelengths; and a processor, operably connected to the image sensor and the at least one NIR light source, to acquire image information from the sensor under illumination at one of the different discrete NIR wavelengths. A lens assembly comprises a plurality of lens elements with a total track length no more than 4.7 mm, each lens element comprising a material with a refractive index inversely proportional to wavelength. The different discrete NIR wavelengths are matched with the refractive index of the material for the lens elements to balance axial image shift induced by a change in object distance with axial image shift due to change in illumination wavelength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: FotoNation Limited
    Inventors: Christopher Dainty, Alexander Goncharov, Niamh Fitzgerald
  • Patent number: 10152631
    Abstract: An optical system for an image acquisition device comprises a filter comprising a central aperture arranged to transmit both visible and selected near infra-red (NIR) wavelengths and a peripheral aperture arranged to block visible wavelengths and to transmit the NIR wavelengths. An image sensor comprises an array of pixels including pixels sensitive to visible wavelengths and corresponding pixels sensitive to the NIR wavelengths. A lens assembly is axially located between the filter and the image sensor and comprises a plurality of lens elements. The lens elements are arranged to simultaneously focus NIR light received from a given object through central and peripheral apertures of the filter and visible light received from the object through the central aperture onto the sensor surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: FotoNation Limited
    Inventors: Christopher Dainty, Alexander Goncharov, Istvan Andorko, Peter Corcoran, Petronel Bigioi
  • Publication number: 20180344157
    Abstract: An imaging system for an optical element, the imaging system comprising means for illuminating a targeted optical element with at least one incident light beam and means for directing at least two light beams returning from at least one surface of the illuminated optical element onto a detector; the detector adapted to measure relative light characteristics of the at least two returning light beams and to calculate at least one parameter of the optical element using the measured characteristics of the at least two returning light beams.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: Eugene Ng, Alexander Goncharov, Patrick Collins
  • Publication number: 20180252901
    Abstract: A portrait lens configuration for meeting handheld device form factor constraints. First and second meniscus lenses each have a reflective surface to provide internal reflections for transmitting light toward a focal plane. A third lens is positioned between the meniscus lenses and the focal plane. The first lens includes an anterior concave surface having a reflective material extending over a portion thereof. Light received by the first meniscus lens can be transmitted therethrough. The reflective material is positioned along the anterior concave surface to receive light transmitted therethrough and reflected back from the second lens. In an associated method the first meniscus lens is positioned to receive light through a first of two opposing refractive surfaces. After each lens provides an internal reflection, reflected light is transmitted through the second of the two opposing surfaces and then through a bore positioned within the second lens to the third lens.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Inventors: Christopher DAINTY, Alexander GONCHAROV, Conor J. SHEIL
  • Publication number: 20180252905
    Abstract: A portrait lens configuration for meeting handheld device form factor constraints. First and second meniscus lenses each have a reflective surface to provide internal reflections for transmitting light toward a focal plane. A third lens is positioned between the meniscus lenses and the focal plane. The first lens includes an anterior concave surface having a reflective material extending over a portion thereof. Light received by the first meniscus lens can be transmitted therethrough. The reflective material is positioned along the anterior concave surface to receive light transmitted therethrough and reflected back from the second lens. In an associated method the first meniscus lens is positioned to receive light through a first of two opposing refractive surfaces. After each lens provides an internal reflection, reflected light is transmitted through the second of the two opposing surfaces and then through a bore positioned within the second lens to the third lens.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Inventors: Christopher DAINTY, Alexander GONCHAROV, Conor J. SHEIL
  • Patent number: 10051208
    Abstract: An optical system for an image acquisition device comprises a filter comprising a central aperture arranged to transmit both visible and selected near infra-red (NIR) wavelengths and a peripheral aperture arranged to block visible wavelengths and to transmit the NIR wavelengths. An image sensor comprises an array of pixels including pixels sensitive to visible wavelengths and corresponding pixels sensitive to the NIR wavelengths. A lens assembly is axially located between the filter and the image sensor and comprises a plurality of lens elements. The lens elements are arranged to simultaneously focus NIR light received from a given object through central and peripheral apertures of the filter and visible light received from the object through the central aperture onto the sensor surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: FotoNation Limited
    Inventors: Christopher Dainty, Alexander Goncharov, Peter Corcoran, Istvan Andorko
  • Publication number: 20170366761
    Abstract: An iris image acquisition system comprises an image sensor comprising an array of pixels including pixels sensitive to NIR wavelengths; at least one NIR light source capable of selectively emitting light with different discrete NIR wavelengths; and a processor, operably connected to the image sensor and the at least one NIR light source, to acquire image information from the sensor under illumination at one of the different discrete NIR wavelengths. A lens assembly comprises a plurality of lens elements with a total track length no more than 4.7 mm, each lens element comprising a material with a refractive index inversely proportional to wavelength. The different discrete NIR wavelengths are matched with the refractive index of the material for the lens elements to balance axial image shift induced by a change in object distance with axial image shift due to change in illumination wavelength.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Inventors: Christopher DAINTY, Alexander GONCHAROV, Niamh FITZGERALD
  • Publication number: 20170168200
    Abstract: An image acquisition system for acquiring iris images for use in biometric recognition of a subject includes an optical system comprising a cluster of at least 2 lenses arranged in front of a common image sensor with each lens optical axis in parallel spaced apart relationship. Each lens has a fixed focus and a different aperture to provide a respective angular field of view. The lens with the closest focus has the smallest aperture and the lens with the farthest focus has the largest aperture so that iris images can be acquired across a focal range of at least from 200 mm to 300 mm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Inventors: Peter CORCORAN, Petronel BIGIOI, Christopher DAINTY, Alexander GONCHAROV
  • Publication number: 20160253559
    Abstract: An optical system for an image acquisition device comprises an image sensor comprising an array of pixels including pixels sensitive to IR wavelengths for acquiring an image. A lens assembly includes a collecting lens surface with an optical axis, the lens assembly being arranged to focus IR light received from a given object distance on the sensor surface. The lens assembly includes at least a first reflective surface for reflecting collected light along an axis transverse to the optical axis so that a length of the optical system along the optical axis is reduced by comparison to a focal length of the lens assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Publication date: September 1, 2016
    Inventors: Alexander GONCHAROV, Christopher DAINTY, Istvan ANDORKO, Peter CORCORAN
  • Publication number: 20160092731
    Abstract: An optical system for an image acquisition device comprises a filter comprising a central aperture arranged to transmit both visible and selected near infra-red (NIR) wavelengths and a peripheral aperture arranged to block visible wavelengths and to transmit the NIR wavelengths. An image sensor comprises an array of pixels including pixels sensitive to visible wavelengths and corresponding pixels sensitive to the NIR wavelengths. A lens assembly is axially located between the filter and the image sensor and comprises a plurality of lens elements. The lens elements are arranged to simultaneously focus NIR light received from a given object through central and peripheral apertures of the filter and visible light received from the object through the central aperture onto the sensor surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Publication date: March 31, 2016
    Inventors: Christopher Dainty, Alexander Goncharov, Istvan Andorko, Peter Corcoran, Petronel Bigioi
  • Publication number: 20160044253
    Abstract: An optical system for an image acquisition device comprises a filter comprising a central aperture arranged to transmit both visible and selected near infra-red (NIR) wavelengths and a peripheral aperture arranged to block visible wavelengths and to transmit the NIR wavelengths. An image sensor comprises an array of pixels including pixels sensitive to visible wavelengths and corresponding pixels sensitive to the NIR wavelengths. A lens assembly is axially located between the filter and the image sensor and comprises a plurality of lens elements. The lens elements are arranged to simultaneously focus NIR light received from a given object through central and peripheral apertures of the filter and visible light received from the object through the central aperture onto the sensor surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Publication date: February 11, 2016
    Inventors: Christopher Dainty, Alexander Goncharov, PETER CORCORAN, Istvan Andorko
  • Patent number: 9183856
    Abstract: A system, according to one embodiment, includes a near field transducer having a conductive metal film and an aperture, and a magnetic lip adjacent the aperture. A back edge of the magnetic lip is positioned farther from a media facing surface than an upper portion of a back edge of the conductive metal film. Other systems, methods, and computer program products are described in additional embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: HGST Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Hamid Balamane, Alexander Goncharov, Vijay P. S. Rawat, Matteo Staffaroni
  • Publication number: 20150272439
    Abstract: An imaging system for an optical element, the imaging system comprising means for illuminating a targeted optical element with at least one incident light beam and means for directing at least two light beams returning from at least one surface of the illuminated optical element onto a detector; the detector adapted to measure relative light characteristics of the at least two returning light beams and to calculate at least one parameter of the optical element using the measured characteristics of the at least two returning light beams.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Publication date: October 1, 2015
    Inventors: Eugene NG, Alexander GONCHAROV, Patrick COLLINS