Patents by Inventor Benjamin Catching

Benjamin Catching 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: 20080085089
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wafer scale process for the manufacture of optical waveguide devices, and particularly for the manufacture of ridge waveguide devices, and the improved waveguides made thereby. The present invention has found a process for achieving sub-micron control of an optical waveguiding layer thickness by providing a dimensionally stable wafer assembly into which adhesive can be introduced without altering the planar relationship between a carrier wafer and an optically transmissive wafer in wafer scale manufacture. This process permits wafer scale manufacture of optical waveguide devices including thin optically transmissive layers. A pattern of spacer pedestals is created by a deposition and etch back, or by a surface etch process to precisely reference surface information from a master surface to a carrier wafer to a thin optically transmissive wafer. The tolerance achievable in accordance with this process provides consistent yield across the wafer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2007
    Publication date: April 10, 2008
    Applicant: JDS Uniphase Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin Catching, Donald Friedrich, Charles Hulse, Marc Von Gunten, Jason Reed, Karl Kissa, Glen Drake, Julia Duncan, William Minford, Hiren Shah, Jerry Zieba, Jason Xu
  • Publication number: 20050174641
    Abstract: A polarizing conversion system uses a polarizing beam splitter and reflector with a polarization conversion element to convert light from a lamp to a selected polarization state before providing the light to a light integrator, such as a light pipe or light tunnel. The light integrator provides homogenized polarized light to a light modulator. The polarization conversion system avoids increases efficiency compared to absorptive or simple reflective polarizers with fewer components than polarization conversion systems using patterned retarder plates and lenslet arrays. In one embodiment, the conversion elements are held to avoid adhesive or other bonds in the optical path. In other embodiments, high-temperature optical adhesive or optical contact bonding is used to assemble optical components for high-temperature operation. In a particular embodiment, a single-crystal quartz retarder plate is thermally matched to glass components in the polarization conversion system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2005
    Publication date: August 11, 2005
    Inventors: Michael Greenberg, Anthony McGettigan, Markus Duelli, Curtis Hruska, Benjamin Catching