Patents by Inventor Christoph Hermes

Christoph Hermes 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: 20220373641
    Abstract: A detector (110, 1110, 2110) for determining a position of at least one object (112) is proposed. The detector (110, 1110, 2110) comprises: at least one transfer device (128, 1128), wherein the transfer device (128, 1128) has at least one focal length in response to at least one incident light beam (116, 1116) propagating from the object (112, 1112) to the detector (110, 1110, 2110); at least two optical sensors (113, 1118, 1120), wherein each optical sensor (113, 1118, 1120) has at least one light sensitive area (121, 1122, 1124), wherein each optical sensor (113, 1118, 1120) is designed to generate at least one sensor signal in response to an illumination of its respective light-sensitive area by the light beam (116, 1116), at least one evaluation device (132, 1132) being configured for determining at least one longitudinal coordinate z of the object (112, 1112) by evaluating a quotient signal Q from the sensor signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2022
    Publication date: November 24, 2022
    Inventors: Michael EBERSPACH, Thomas OHMER, Robert SEND, Christian LENNARTZ, Christopher HAHNE, Stefan HENGEN, Sebastian VALOUCH, Christoph LUNGENSCHMIED, Ingmar BRUDER, Wilfried HERMES, Celal Mohan OEGUEN, Christian Daniel SCHILDKNECHT, Peter SCHILLEN, Patrick SCHINDLER, Peter FEJES
  • Publication number: 20220357202
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a detector array, a spectrometer system including the detector array and a method of using of the spectrometer system. The detector array includes a substrate; and a plurality of detector pixels applied to a surface of the substrate, where each detector pixel has a sensor region which is designated for receiving a partition of incident light, where each detector pixel is designated for generating a sensor signal depending on an intensity of the partition of the incident light received by the sensor region of the detector pixel, where at least two adjacent detector pixels share a single connection to a common electric potential, and where the sensor regions of at least two of the detector pixels differ with respect to each other by an area of the corresponding sensor region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Publication date: November 10, 2022
    Inventors: Sebastian Valouch, Wilfried Hermes, Christoph Lungenschmied, Jochen Brill, Robert Gust, Robert Send, Bertram Feuerstein, Stefan Klueh
  • Patent number: 11415661
    Abstract: A detector (110, 1110, 2110) for determining a position of at least one object (112) is proposed. The detector (110, 1110, 2110) comprises: at least one transfer device (128, 1128), wherein the transfer device (128, 1128) has at least one focal length in response to at least one incident light beam (116, 1116) propagating from the object (112, 1112) to the detector (110, 1110, 2110); at least two optical sensors (113, 1118, 1120), wherein each optical sensor (113, 1118, 1120) has at least one light sensitive area (121, 1122, 1124), wherein each optical sensor (113, 1118, 1120) is designed to generate at least one sensor signal in response to an illumination of its respective light-sensitive area by the light beam (116, 1116), at least one evaluation device (132, 1132) being configured for determining at least one longitudinal coordinate z of the object (112, 1112) by evaluating a quotient signal Q from the sensor signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: TRINAMIX GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Eberspach, Thomas Ohmer, Robert Send, Christian Lennartz, Christopher Hahne, Stefan Hengen, Sebastian Valouch, Christoph Lungenschmied, Ingmar Bruder, Wilfried Hermes, Celal Mohan Oeguen, Christian Daniel Schildknecht, Peter Schillen, Patrick Schindler, Peter Fejes
  • Patent number: 11418885
    Abstract: A micromechanical component for a sensor device or microphone device. The component includes a diaphragm support structure with a diaphragm, a cavity formed in the diaphragm support structure and adjoined by a diaphragm inner side, and a separating trench structured through the surface of the diaphragm support structure and extends to the cavity and completely frames the diaphragm, and that is sealed off media-tight and/or air-tight using at least one separating trench closure material. An etching channel is formed in the diaphragm support structure, separately from the separating trench, and extends from its first etching channel end section to its second etching channel end section. The first etching channel end section opens into the cavity, and the second etching channel end section is sealed off media-tight and/or air-tight using at least one etching channel closure structure formed on an outer partial surface of the surface of the diaphragm support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Heribert Weber, Andreas Scheurle, Christoph Hermes, Peter Schmollngruber, Thomas Friedrich
  • Publication number: 20220090975
    Abstract: A sensor device. The sensor device includes: a substrate; an electrical insulation layer on the substrate; an edge structure disposed on the electrical insulation layer and that delimits an internal region above the substrate; a membrane anchored on the edge structure and at least partly spanning the internal region, the membrane encompassing in the internal region a region movable by a pressure; a first intermediate carrier that extends in the movable region below the membrane and is electrically and mechanically connected to the membrane by contact points, and encompasses at least one spacing element that extends from the intermediate carrier toward the substrate; and a first counter electrode on the electrical insulation layer, the first counter electrode extending under the intermediate carrier, and a first distance between the intermediate carrier and the first counter electrode being modifiable by the pressure on the movable region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Publication date: March 24, 2022
    Inventors: Heribert Weber, Christoph Hermes, Hans Artmann, Peter Schmollngruber, Thomas Friedrich, Volkmar Senz
  • Publication number: 20220041428
    Abstract: A MEMS sensor including a diaphragm, a base surface area of the diaphragm being delimited with the aid of a peripheral wall structure, and the base surface area including at least two subareas, of which at least one of the subareas is deflectably situated, and the at least two subareas being separated from one another with the aid of at least one separating structure or being delimited by the latter. The separating structure includes at least one fluid through-opening for the passage of fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Publication date: February 10, 2022
    Inventors: Christoph Hermes, Kerrin Doessel, Thomas Friedrich
  • Publication number: 20220003621
    Abstract: A micromechanical component for a capacitive pressure sensor device, including a diaphragm that is stretched with the aid of a frame structure in such a way that a cantilevered area of the diaphragm spans a framed partial surface, and including a reinforcement structure that is formed at the cantilevered area. A first spatial direction oriented in parallel to the framed partial surface is definable in which the cantilevered area has a minimal extension, and a second spatial direction oriented in parallel to the framed partial surface and oriented perpendicularly with respect to the first spatial direction is definable in which the cantilevered area has a greater extension. The reinforcement structure is present at a first distance from the frame structure in the first spatial direction, and at a second distance in the second spatial direction, the second distance being greater than the first distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Publication date: January 6, 2022
    Inventors: Thomas Friedrich, Christoph Hermes, Hans Artmann, Heribert Weber, Peter Schmollngruber, Volkmar Senz
  • Publication number: 20220002147
    Abstract: A method for sealing entries in a MEMS element. The method includes: providing a functional layer having a functional region; producing a cavity underneath the functional region of the functional layer with the aid of a first entry outside of the functional region of the functional layer; sealing the first entry; producing a second entry to the cavity outside of the functional region of the functional layer; melting sealing material in the region of the second entry; and cooling off the melted sealing material to seal the second entry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Publication date: January 6, 2022
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Hermes, Hans Artmann, Heribert Weber, Peter Schmollngruber, Thomas Friedrich, Tobias Joachim Menold, Mawuli Ametowobla
  • Publication number: 20210395074
    Abstract: A micromechanical component, whose diaphragm is supported and has support structures on its inner diaphragm side. Each of the support structures includes a first and second edge element structure, and at least one intermediate element structure positioned between the first and second edge element structures. For each of the support structures, a plane of symmetry is definable, with respect to which at least the first edge element structure of the respective support structure and the second edge element structure of the respective support structure are specularly symmetric. In each of support structures, a first maximum dimension of its first edge element structure perpendicular to its plane of symmetry and a second maximum dimension of its second edge element structure perpendicular to its plane of symmetry are greater than the maximum dimension of its intermediate element structure perpendicular to its plane of symmetry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Publication date: December 23, 2021
    Inventors: Hans Artmann, Christoph Hermes, Heribert Weber, Jochen Reinmuth, Peter Schmollngruber, Thomas Friedrich
  • Publication number: 20210354981
    Abstract: A micromechanical sensor unit, including: a substrate and an edge layer, which is situated on the substrate and laterally frames an inner area above the substrate; at least one diaphragm, which spans the inner area and forms a covered cavity above the substrate; at least one support point, which is situated between the substrate and the diaphragm inside the cavity and attaches the diaphragm to the edge layer and/or to the at least one support point. The support point separates the diaphragm into at least one measuring area that is movable through force action and at least one reference area that is not movable through force action. The substrate and the diaphragm, inside the cavity, include electrodes, which face one another in the measuring area and the reference area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Publication date: November 18, 2021
    Inventors: Christoph Hermes, Kerrin Doessel, Thomas Friedrich
  • Publication number: 20210229983
    Abstract: A method for closing openings in a flexible diaphragm of a MEMS element. The method includes: providing at least one opening in the flexible diaphragm, situating sealing material in the area of the at least one opening, melting-on at least the applied sealing material in the area of the at least one opening, and subsequently cooling the melted-on material to close the at least one opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Publication date: July 29, 2021
    Inventors: Bernhard Gehl, Christoph Hermes, Juergen BUTZ
  • Publication number: 20210219058
    Abstract: A micromechanical component for a sensor device or microphone device. The component includes a diaphragm support structure with a diaphragm, a cavity formed in the diaphragm support structure and adjoined by a diaphragm inner side, and a separating trench structured through the surface of the diaphragm support structure and extends to the cavity and completely frames the diaphragm, and that is sealed off media-tight and/or air-tight using at least one separating trench closure material. An etching channel is formed in the diaphragm support structure, separately from the separating trench, and extends from its first etching channel end section to its second etching channel end section. The first etching channel end section opens into the cavity, and the second etching channel end section is sealed off media-tight and/or air-tight using at least one etching channel closure structure formed on an outer partial surface of the surface of the diaphragm support structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2021
    Publication date: July 15, 2021
    Inventors: Heribert Weber, Andreas Scheurle, Christoph Hermes, Peter Schmollngruber, Thomas Friedrich
  • Patent number: 11012789
    Abstract: A MEMS microphone includes a substrate, a lower membrane supported on the substrate, an upper membrane suspended above the lower membrane, a first electrode supported on the lower membrane, and a second electrode supported on the upper membrane. The lower membrane and the upper membrane enclose a cavity in which the first electrode and the second electrode are located. The lower membrane and the upper membrane are each formed of silicon carbonitride (SiCN). The first electrode and the second electrode are each formed of polysilicon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignees: Akustica, Inc., Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Hermes, Bernhard Gehl, Arnim Hoechst, Daniel Meisel, Andrew Doller, Yujie Zhang, Gokhan Hatipoglu
  • Publication number: 20200200631
    Abstract: A micromechanical component for a capacitive pressure sensor device includes a substrate; a frame structure that frames a partial surface; a membrane that is tensioned by the frame structure such that a self-supporting region of the membrane extends over the framed partial surface and an internal volume with a reference pressure therein is sealed in an airtight fashion, the self-supporting region of the membrane being deformable by a physical pressure on an external side of the self-supporting region that not equal to the reference pressure; a measurement electrode situated on the framed partial surface; and a reference measurement electrode that is situated on the framed partial surface and is electrically insulated from the measurement electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas Friedrich, Christoph Hermes, Hans Artmann, Heribert Weber, Peter Schmollngruber, Volkmar Senz
  • Publication number: 20190098418
    Abstract: A MEMS microphone includes a substrate, a lower membrane supported on the substrate, an upper membrane suspended above the lower membrane, a first electrode supported on the lower membrane, and a second electrode supported on the upper membrane. The lower membrane and the upper membrane enclose a cavity in which the first electrode and the second electrode are located. The lower membrane and the upper membrane are each formed of silicon carbonitride (SiCN). The first electrode and the second electrode are each formed of polysilicon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventors: Christoph Hermes, Bernhard Gehl, Arnim Hoechst, Daniel Meisel, Andrew Doller, Yujie Zhang, Gokhan Hatipoglu
  • Patent number: 9085110
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for producing fiber-reinforced flat semifinished products based on a polyamide matrix, comprising the following steps: (a) saturation of textile structures with a mixture comprising molten lactam, catalyst, and optionally activator, (b) cooling of the saturated textile structures, and (c) finishing of the cooled textile structures to give the fiber-reinforced flat semifinished product. The invention further relates to a process for producing a component made of the fiber-reinforced flat semifinished product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Dietrich Scherzer, Stephan Schäfer, Andreas Radtke, Andreas Wollny, Max Ehleben, Olaf Täger, Jörg Hain, Manfred Kramer, Christoph Hermes
  • Publication number: 20120222809
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for producing fiber-reinforced flat semifinished products (3) based on a polyamide matrix, comprising the following steps: (a) saturation of textile structures (15) with a mixture comprising molten lactam, catalyst, and optionally activator, (b) cooling of the saturated textile structures (25), and (c) finishing of the cooled textile structures to give the fiber-reinforced flat semifinished product (3). The invention further relates to a process for producing a component made of the fiber-reinforced flat semifinished product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Applicant: BASF SE
    Inventors: Dietrich Scherzer, Stephan Schäfer, Andreas Radtke, Andreas Wollny, Max Ehleben, Olaf Täger, Jörg Hain, Manfred Kramer, Christoph Hermes