Patents by Inventor Charles Stewart Tuvey

Charles Stewart Tuvey 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: 20220141446
    Abstract: Systems and methods for reducing the deleterious effects of specular reflections (e.g., glint) on active illumination systems are disclosed. An example system includes an illuminator or light source configured to illuminate a scene with electromagnetic radiation having a defined polarization orientation. The system also includes a receiver for receiving portions of the electromagnetic radiation reflected or scatter from the scene. Included in the receiver is a polarizer having a polarization axis crossed with the polarization orientation of the emitted electromagnetic radiation. By crossing the polarizer with the polarization of the emitted electromagnetic radiation, the polarizer may filter out glint or specular reflections in the electromagnetic radiation returned from the scene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2022
    Publication date: May 5, 2022
    Applicant: nLIGHT, Inc.
    Inventors: Bodo Schmidt, Paul S. Banks, Charles Stewart Tuvey
  • Patent number: 11212512
    Abstract: Imaging systems and methods are disclosed that use multiple illumination pulses to irradiate a scene of interest. An example system includes optics to receive a sequence of returned light pulse portions scattered or reflected from the scene. A modulator is configured to modulate the intensity of the returned light pulse portions to form a sequence of modulated light pulse portions. A means of selectively exposing a sensor during a sequence of exposure periods is also included, so that each modulated light pulse portion is received by the sensor during one of the exposure periods, respectively. The sensor is configured to generate a sequence of sensor signals as a result of receiving the modulated light pulse portions and to accumulate the sensor signals to form a sensor output signal. A processor may read the sensor output signal and process the image based on that signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: NLIGHT, INC.
    Inventors: Bodo Schmidt, Lorenzo N. Venneri, Charles Stewart Tuvey
  • Patent number: 10437082
    Abstract: An electro-optic modulator (EOM) includes a first electro-optic (EO) material configured to receive light. The first EO material has an optic axis that is not parallel to the optical axis of the EOM. The optic axis indicates the direction through the first EO material along which a ray of light passing through the first EO material experiences no birefringence. The EOM also includes a polarization rotator that receives light output from the first EO material. The rotated light passes through a second EO material. The second EO material is positioned in the EOM such that its optic axis is not parallel to the optical axis of the EOM. The second EO material compensates for the birefringence and/or higher-order optical effects of the first material, thus reducing optical transmission errors of the EOM. The EOM may provide a wider field of view for imaging systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: TetraVue, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul S. Banks, Bodo Schmidt, Charles Stewart Tuvey, Christopher Allen Ebbers
  • Publication number: 20190204628
    Abstract: An electro-optic modulator (EOM) includes a first electro-optic (EO) material configured to receive light. The first EO material has an optic axis that is not parallel to the optical axis of the EOM. The optic axis indicates the direction through the first EO material along which a ray of light passing through the first EO material experiences no birefringence. The EOM also includes a polarization rotator that receives light output from the first EO material. The rotated light passes through a second EO material. The second EO material is positioned in the EOM such that its optic axis is not parallel to the optical axis of the EOM. The second EO material compensates for the birefringence and/or higher-order optical effects of the first material, thus reducing optical transmission errors of the EOM. The EOM may provide a wider field of view for imaging systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Paul S. Banks, Bodo Schmidt, Charles Stewart Tuvey, Christopher Allen Ebbers
  • Publication number: 20190191527
    Abstract: A circuit and method for providing pulsed power to a solid-state light emitting device are disclosed. The circuit includes multiple electrical components and at least one conductor connecting the components. The conductor is configured to carry current to power the solid-state light emitting device. The circuit may be used to generate very short, high peak power pulses, and thus, the conductor is further configured to reduce inductance in the circuit so that short pulses of high current flow may be achieved. Other components and the physical layout of the circuit may also be configured to reduce inductance of the circuit. The circuit may include a MOS gated thyristor (MGT) to switch the current flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Peter J. Rock, Charles Stewart Tuvey
  • Publication number: 20190116355
    Abstract: Systems and methods for reducing the deleterious effects of specular reflections (e.g., glint) on active illumination systems are disclosed. An example system includes an illuminator or light source configured to illuminate a scene with electromagnetic radiation having a defined polarization orientation. The system also includes a receiver for receiving portions of the electromagnetic radiation reflected or scatter from the scene. Included in the receiver is a polarizer having a polarization axis crossed with the polarization orientation of the emitted electromagnetic radiation. By crossing the polarizer with the polarization of the emitted electromagnetic radiation, the polarizer may filter out glint or specular reflections in the electromagnetic radiation returned from the scene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Inventors: Bodo Schmidt, Paul S. Banks, Charles Stewart Tuvey
  • Publication number: 20180220123
    Abstract: The methods and systems disclosed herein improve upon previous 3D imaging techniques by making use of a longer illumination pulse to obtain the same or nearly the same range resolution as can be achieved by using a much shorter, conventional laser pulse. For example, a longer illumination pulse can be produced by one or more Q-switched lasers that produce, for example, 5, 10, 20 ns or longer pulses. In some instances, the laser pulse can be longer than the modulation waveform of a MIS-type imaging system and still produce a repeatable response function. The light pulse generation technologies required to achieve longer pulse lengths can be significantly less expensive and less complex than known technologies presently used to generate shorter illumination pulse lengths. Lower-cost, lower-complexity light pulse sources may facilitate lower-cost, commercial 3D camera products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2018
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Inventors: Paul S. Banks, Bodo Schmidt, Charles Stewart Tuvey