Patents by Inventor Glenn Scott

Glenn Scott 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: 20100156577
    Abstract: A micro electro-mechanical system switch is presented. The switch includes a base substrate having a support surface. An actuating surface having a notch and an electrical contact surface having an extension is provided. The extension is disposed within the notch. A beam is attached to the base substrate. The beam includes an actuatable free end that is configured to flex upon actuation and to make contact with at least a portion of the extension and carry current therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Xuefeng Wang, Kuna Venkat Satya Rama Kishore, Christopher Fred Keimel, Glenn Scott Claydon, Kanakasabapathi Subramanian
  • Patent number: 7741832
    Abstract: A micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) current sensor for sensing a magnetic field produced by an electrical current flowing in a conductor includes a first fixed element and a moving element. The moving element is spaced away from the first fixed element and is movable relative to the fixed element responsive to a magnetic field produced by an electrical current flowing in a conductor for providing a mechanical indication of a strength of the magnetic field. The sensor also includes a tunneling current generator for generating a tunneling current between the first fixed element and the moving element and a tunneling current monitor for monitoring a change in the tunneling current responsive to the mechanical indication to provide an indication of a value of the electrical current in the conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ertugrul Berkcan, Christopher James Kapusta, Marco Francesco Aimi, Shankar Chandrasekaran, Glenn Scott Claydon
  • Patent number: 7692785
    Abstract: A system and method for managing optical power for controlling thermal alteration of a sample undergoing spectroscopic analysis is provided. The system includes a moveable laser beam generator for irradiating the sample and a beam shaping device for moving and shaping the laser beam to prevent thermal overload or build up in the sample. The moveable laser beam generator includes at least one beam shaping device selected from the group consisting of at least one optical lens, at least one optical diffractor, at least one optical path difference modulator, at least one moveable mirror, at least one Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) integrated circuit (IC), and/or a liquid droplet. The system also includes an at least two degree of freedom (2 DOF) moveable substrate platform and a controller for controlling the laser beam generator and the substrate platform, and for analyzing light reflected from the sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Willam Scott Sutherland, Anis Zribi, Long Que, Glenn Scott Claydon, Stacey Joy Kennerly, Ayan Banerjee, Shivappa Ningappa Goravar, Shankar Chandrasekaran, David Cecil Hays, Victor Samper, Dirk Lange, Marko Baller, Min-Yi Shih, Sandip Maity
  • Patent number: 7609136
    Abstract: A MEMS switch includes a substrate, a movable actuator coupled to the substrate, a substrate contact, a substrate electrode, and a conductive stopper electrically coupled to the movable actuator and structured to prevent the movable actuator from contacting the substrate electrode while allowing the movable actuator to make contact with the substrate contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Xuefeng Wang, Kanakasabapathi Subramanian, Christopher Fred Keimel, Marco Francesco Aimi, Kuna Venkat Satya Rama Kishore, Glenn Scott Claydon, Oliver Charles Boomhower, Parag Thakre
  • Patent number: 7605466
    Abstract: Multiple microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) on a substrate are capped with a cover using a layer that may function as a bonding agent, separation layer, and hermetic seal. A substrate has a first side with multiple MEMS devices. A cover is formed with through-holes for vias, and with standoff posts for layer registration and separation. An adhesive sheet is patterned with cutouts for the MEMS devices, vias, and standoff posts. The adhesive sheet is tacked to the cover, then placed on the MEMS substrate and heated to bond the layers. The via holes may be metalized with leads for circuit board connection. The MEMS units may be diced from the substrate after sealing, thus protecting them from contaminants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Marco Francesco Aimi, Christopher James Kapusta, Arun Virupaksha Gowda, David Cecil Hays, Oliver Charles Boomhower, Glenn Scott Claydon, Joseph Alfred Iannotti, Christopher Fred Keimel
  • Publication number: 20090159410
    Abstract: A MEMS switch includes a substrate, a movable actuator coupled to the substrate, a substrate contact, a substrate electrode, and a conductive stopper electrically coupled to the movable actuator and structured to prevent the movable actuator from contacting the substrate electrode while allowing the movable actuator to make contact with the substrate contact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Xuefeng Wang, Kanakasabapathi Subramanian, Christopher Fred Keimel, Marco Francesco Aimi, Kuna Venkat Satya Rama Kishore, Glenn Scott Claydon, Oliver Charles Boomhower, Parag Thakre
  • Publication number: 20090107812
    Abstract: An electrical through-connection, or via, that passes through a substrate to a bus on a first surface of the substrate. The via may be configured with an interlock such that the electrically conductive core of the via is constrained to thermally expand towards the second surface, away from the bus, thus preventing damage to the bus. The interlock may be a local constriction or enlargement of the via near the first surface of the substrate. The via may be greater in length along the bus than a unit spacing of beams in a parallel microswitch array actuated in unison along the bus. The via may be narrower in width than in length, and may form a trapezoidal geometry that is larger at the second surface of the substrate than at the first surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventors: David Cecil Hays, Marco Francesco Aimi, Christopher Fred Keimel, Glenn Scott Claydon, Kanakasabapathi Subramanian, Oliver Charles Boomhower
  • Publication number: 20090096088
    Abstract: Multiple microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) on a substrate are capped with a cover using a layer that may function as a bonding agent, separation layer, and hermetic seal. A substrate has a first side with multiple MEMS devices. A cover is formed with through-holes for vias, and with standoff posts for layer registration and separation. An adhesive sheet is patterned with cutouts for the MEMS devices, vias, and standoff posts. The adhesive sheet is tacked to the cover, then placed on the MEMS substrate and heated to bond the layers. The via holes may be metalized with leads for circuit board connection. The MEMS units may be diced from the substrate after sealing, thus protecting them from contaminants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2007
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventors: MARCO FRANCESCO AIMI, Chirstopher James Kapusta, Arun Virupaksha Gowda, David Cecil Hays, Oliver Charles Boomhower, Glenn Scott Claydon, Joseph Alfred Iannotti, Christopher Fred Keimel
  • Patent number: 7508189
    Abstract: A micro-electromechanical system current and magnetic field sensor is presented. The micro-electromechanical system current and magnetic field sensor is configured to sense a magnetic field produced by a current carrying conductor. The sensor includes a structural component comprising a substrate and a compliant layer, a magnetic-to-mechanical converter coupled to the structural component to provide a mechanical indication of the magnetic field. The sensor further includes a strain responsive component coupled to the structural component to sense the mechanical indication and to provide an indication of the current in the current carrying conductor in response thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ertugrul Berkcan, Shankar Chandrasekaran, Christopher James Kapusta, Laura Jean Meyer, Glenn Scott Claydon, Debbie Gahaton Jones, Anis Zribi
  • Patent number: 7505128
    Abstract: An integrated spectrometer instrument, including an optical source formed on a chip, the optical source configured to generate an incident optical beam upon a sample to be measured. Collection optics formed on the chip are configured to receive a scattered optical beam from the sample, and filtering optics formed on the chip are configured to remove elastically scattered light from the scattered optical beam at a wavelength corresponding to the optical source. A tunable filter formed on the chip is configured to pass selected wavelengths of the scattered optical beam, and a photo detector device formed on the chip is configured to generate an output signal corresponding to the intensity of photons passed through the tunable filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Anis Zribi, Stacey Joy Kennerly, Glenn Scott Claydon, Long Que, Ayan Banerjee, Shankar Chandrasekaran, Shivappa Ningappa Goravar, David Cecil Hays
  • Patent number: 7495430
    Abstract: A micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) current sensor is described as including a first conductor, a magnetic field shaping component for shaping a magnetic field produced by a current in the first conductor, and a MEMS-based magnetic field sensing component including a magneto-MEMS component for sensing the shaped magnetic field and, in response thereto, providing an indication of the current in the first conductor. A method for sensing a current using MEMS is also described as including shaping a magnetic field produced with a current in a first conductor, sensing the shaped magnetic field with a MEMS-based magnetic field sensing component having a magneto-MEMS component magnetic field sensing circuit, and providing an indication of the current in the first conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ertugrul Berkcan, Christopher James Kapusta, Glenn Scott Claydon, Anis Zribi, Laura Jean Meyer, Wei-Cheng Tian
  • Patent number: 7466121
    Abstract: A micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) current sensor is described as including a first conductor, a magnetic field shaping component for shaping a magnetic field produced by a current in the first conductor, and a MEMS-based magnetic field sensing component including a magneto-MEMS component for sensing the shaped magnetic field and, in response thereto, providing an indication of the current in the first conductor. A method for sensing a current using MEMS is also described as including shaping a magnetic field produced with a current in a first conductor, sensing the shaped magnetic field with a MEMS-based magnetic field sensing component having a magneto-MEMS component magnetic field sensing circuit, and providing an indication of the current in the first conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ertugrul Berkcan, Christopher James Kapusta, Glenn Scott Claydon, Anis Zribi, Laura Jean Meyer, Wei-Cheng Tian
  • Publication number: 20080239306
    Abstract: A system and method for managing optical power for controlling thermal alteration of a sample undergoing spectroscopic analysis is provided. The system includes a moveable laser beam generator for irradiating the sample and a beam shaping device for moving and shaping the laser beam to prevent thermal overload or build up in the sample. The moveable laser beam generator includes at least one beam shaping device selected from the group consisting of at least one optical lens, at least one optical diffractor, at least one optical path difference modulator, at least one moveable mirror, at least one Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) integrated circuit (IC), and/or a liquid droplet. The system also includes an at least two degree of freedom (2 DOF) moveable substrate platform and a controller for controlling the laser beam generator and the substrate platform, and for analyzing light reflected from the sample.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: William Scott Sutherland, Anis Zribi, Long Que, Glenn Scott Claydon, Stacey Joy Kennerly, Ayan Banerjee, Shivappa Ningappa Goravar, Shankar Chandrasekaran, David Cecil Hays, Victor Samper, Dirk Lange, Marko Baller, Min-Yi Shih, Sandip Maity
  • Patent number: 7428055
    Abstract: A interferometer-based fouling detection system and method are described. The system may include a fiber optic cable, a light source in communication with the fiber optic cable, at least one photo detector in communication with the fiber optic cable, and at least one interferometric spectrometer. The fiber optic cable may include a long period grating and a fiber Bragg grating or it may include a facet edge. The system may instead include a fiber optic cable, a light source in communication with the fiber optic cable, at least one photo detector in communication with the fiber optic cable, a fiber coupler, a reference probe including a mirror, a sample probe, and an interferometer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Anis Zribi, Min-Yi Shih, Guiju Song, Ajit Achuthan, Glenn Scott Claydon, Stacey Joy Kennerly, Kuna Venkat Satya Rama Kishore, Jianming Zheng, Kevin George Harding, Hua Xia
  • Publication number: 20080223183
    Abstract: This Ergonomically Improved Universal Valve Key Tool is used to open and close gate valves and ball valves within water and gas distribution systems. The valve key tool may be any length, made of strong material such as steel pipe. The valve key tool is manually operated, has no gas powered motor, but, enables the user to quickly and efficiently open and close valves. One hand stays stationary on the valve key stem while the other hand spins the handle around the stationary hand. There is an additional lever handle lower on the stem which allows initial leverage in order to get the valve moving. The moving arm of the user holds onto a spinning grip, thereby allowing ease of use and speed. The key end of the tool is formed such that mud and debris surrounding the valve will be displaced through vents at the top of the key.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2007
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Inventors: Robert Clodfelter, Glenn Scott Oelkers
  • Patent number: 7411670
    Abstract: A photonic crystal based collection probe is provided. The probe includes a photonic crystal configured to guide and condition a beam of Raman scattered photons. Further, the device includes a spectrograph in optical communication with the photonic crystal and configured to receive Raman scattering from the photonic crystal. The device may be employed in a Raman spectrometer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: GE Homeland Protection, Inc.
    Inventors: Anis Zribi, Ayan Banerjee, Shivappa Ningappa Goravar, Shankar (nmn) Chandrasekaran, Sandip Maity, Glenn Scott Claydon, Stacey Joy Kennerly, Todd Ryan Tolliver, David Cecil Hays, Sheila Neumann Tandon, Long Que, Christopher Fred Keimel
  • Publication number: 20080158568
    Abstract: An interferometer includes a resonant cavity having a movable mirror and at least one fiber optic component acting as a fixed mirror. A surface of the fiber optic component is coated with a reflective film. An actuator is coupled to the movable mirror, such that when a scattered optical beam is coupled to the cavity, interference occurs between the surface of the fiber optic component coated with reflective film and a surface of the movable mirror facing the surface of the fiber optic component coated with reflective film. The reflective film on the surface of the fiber optic component causes closely spaced spectral lines within the scattered optical beam to be suitably resolved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Glenn Scott Claydon, Ayan Banerjee, Shivappa Ningappa Goravar, Renato Guida, David Cecil Hays, Dirk Lange, Boon Kwee Lee, Sandip Maity, Long Que, Anis Zribi
  • Publication number: 20080150532
    Abstract: A method for rapid measurement of T1 relaxation comprises a gated, multi-time-point saturation-recovery experiment. Each saturation-recovery experiment may include multiple gating intervals to increase dynamic range of the T1 measurement. Multiple saturation-recovery experiments may also be used to improve accuracy and signal-to-noise of the T1 measurement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Glenn Scott Slavin, Sandeep Narendra Gupta
  • Publication number: 20080122431
    Abstract: A micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) based current & magnetic field sensor includes a MEMS-based magnetic field sensing component a structural component comprising a silicon substrate and a compliant layer comprising a material selected from the group consisting of silicon dioxide and silicon nitride, a magnetic-to-mechanical converter coupled to the structural component to provide a mechanical indication of the magnetic field, and a strain responsive component coupled to the structural component to sense the mechanical indication and to provide an indication of the current in the current carrying conductor in response thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2007
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: ERTUGRUL BERKCAN, SHANKAR CHANDRASEKARAN, CHRISTOPHER JAMES KAPUSTA, LAURA JEAN MEYER, GLENN SCOTT CLAYDON, DEBBIE GAHATON JONES, ANIS ZRIBI
  • Publication number: 20080084565
    Abstract: A interferometer-based fouling detection system and method are described. The system may include a fiber optic cable, a light source in communication with the fiber optic cable, at least one photo detector in communication with the fiber optic cable, and at least one interferometric spectrometer. The fiber optic cable may include a long period grating and a fiber Bragg grating or it may include a facet edge. The system may instead include a fiber optic cable, a light source in communication with the fiber optic cable, at least one photo detector in communication with the fiber optic cable, a fiber coupler, a reference probe including a mirror, a sample probe, and an interferometer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2006
    Publication date: April 10, 2008
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Anis Zribi, Min-Yi Shih, Guiju Song, Ajit Achuthan, Glenn Scott Claydon, Stacey Joy Kennerly, Kuna Venkat Satya Rama Kishore, Jianming Zheng, Kevin George Harding, Hua Xia