Patents by Inventor Ian W. Frank

Ian W. Frank 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: 20210293707
    Abstract: A well reader and actuator (100) for a well array (50) has an array of detectors, each detector for detecting a fluorescence signal from fluorophores in a respective well of the well array and an excitation subsystem for exciting the fluorophores in the wells of the well array. Embodiments of this invention can be used to carry out two important functions in a highly parallel manner: by addressing individual wells in a 32, 96, 384 etc. well array, where each well contains a potential chemical or biological reaction. The two functions are: 1) through thermal, optical or other means and combinations thereof the rate of a chemical or biological reaction is controlled or gated (e.g. colder wells inhibit a reaction, or an enzymatic reaction requires blue light to proceed); and 2) through use of fluorescent species that are sensitive to the target reaction—or reactions—an optical readout of fluorescent intensity and/or lifetime is tracked to monitor the evolution of the reaction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Publication date: September 23, 2021
    Inventors: Ian W. Frank, Andrew P. Magyar, Cory Larsen, Jonathan S. Ung, Kasey J. Russell, Kirsty A. McFarland, Jeffrey A. Korn
  • Publication number: 20210033943
    Abstract: An electro-holographic light field generator device is disclosed. The light field generator device has an optical substrate with a waveguide face and an exit face. One or more surface acoustic wave (SAW) optical modulator devices are included within each light field generator device. The SAW devices each include a light input, a waveguide, and a SAW transducer, all configured for guided mode confinement of input light within the waveguide. A leaky mode deflection of a portion of the waveguided light, or diffractive light, impinges upon the exit face. Multiple output optics at the exit face are configured for developing from each of the output optics a radiated exit light from the diffracted light for at least one of the waveguides. An RF controller is configured to control the SAW devices to develop the radiated exit light as a three-dimensional output light field with horizontal parallax and compatible with observer vertical motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2020
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Inventors: Ian W. Frank, Steven J. Byrnes, Juha-Pekka J. Laine, Gregg E. Favalora, Joseph J. Register, Dennis M. Callahan, Michael G. Moebius
  • Patent number: 10795235
    Abstract: An electro-holographic light field generator device is disclosed. The light field generator device has an optical substrate with a waveguide face and an exit face. One or more surface acoustic wave (SAW) optical modulator devices are included within each light field generator device. The SAW devices each include a light input, a waveguide, and a SAW transducer, all configured for guided mode confinement of input light within the waveguide. A leaky mode deflection of a portion of the waveguided light, or diffractive light, impinges upon the exit face. Multiple output optics at the exit face are configured for developing from each of the output optics a radiated exit light from the diffracted light for at least one of the waveguides. An RF controller is configured to control the SAW devices to develop the radiated exit light as a three-dimensional output light field with horizontal parallax and compatible with observer vertical motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian W. Frank, Steven J. Byrnes, Juha-Pekka J. Laine, Gregg E. Favalora, Joseph J. Register, Dennis M. Callahan, Michael G. Moebius
  • Publication number: 20190302569
    Abstract: There can be a problem of output intensity node or nodes as a function of angle, for waveguide-based optical modulators, such as leaky-mode surface acoustic wave modulators. Several approaches are illustrated that can be used to provide more uniform output light across a range of angles, i.e., that is avoid dark “drop-outs.” It can also be used to increase the output angle range or exit light fan. This is achieved by leveraging the different diffraction characteristics between different guided modes. It exploits the observation that utilizing different waveguide guided modes, e.g. TE0 like versus TE1-like, causes a SAW optical modulator to operate with different relationships between output angle and output intensity. It turns out that they can be at least complementary, that is: one waveguide mode can fill in the dark gaps of another wave guide mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Gregg E. Favalora, Michael G. Moebius, Joy C. Perkinson, Dennis M. Callahan, Steven J. Byrnes, Ian W. Frank
  • Patent number: 10416468
    Abstract: Electro-holographic light field generator devices comprising surface acoustic wave (SAW) optical modulators are disclosed that employ multiple output couplers. These output couplers might be distributed along waveguides of the SAW modulators, within output coupling regions. Each of these output couplers can be configured for directing an incident leaky mode light at different output angles. In some cases, it may be desirable to employ the output couplers to function as different sub-pixels, to provide light to different viewing directions. The output couplers may be mirrors, volume gratings, chirped gratings, reflection gratings, two dimensional gratings, and/or transmission gratings. The output couplers may be angled so that the coupling output fans for each optical modulator are offset from the waveguide for that optical modulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael G. Moebius, Gregg E. Favalora, Joseph J. Register, Steven J. Byrnes, Ian W. Frank, Dennis M. Callahan
  • Publication number: 20190201863
    Abstract: An apparatus for optically-verified de novo DNA synthesis includes a microfluidic system that has channels leading in and out of a synthesis chamber having a functionalized region on a floor thereof on which a single-strand of DNA to which a nucleotide is to be attached can be fixed. The chamber is in optical communication with both an illumination system, which excites an electron in a fluorophore that is attached to the DNA strand, a detection system, which detects a signature photon emitted as the excited electron decays into its ground state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Ian W. Frank, Andrew P. Magyar, Jeffrey A. Korn, Neil S. Patel
  • Patent number: 10303039
    Abstract: An electro-holographic light field generator device comprises surface acoustic wave (SAW) optical modulators arranged in different directions. Specifically, some embodiments have SAW modulators arranged in pairs, nose-to-nose with each other, and have output couplers that provide face-fire light emission. These SAW modulators also possibly include SAW sense transducers and/or viscoelastic surface material to reduce crosstalk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph J. Register, Gregg E. Favalora, Ian W. Frank
  • Publication number: 20180284466
    Abstract: Electro-holographic light field generator devices comprising surface acoustic wave (SAW) optical modulators are disclosed that employ multiple output couplers. These output couplers might be distributed along waveguides of the SAW modulators, within output coupling regions. Each of these output couplers can be configured for directing an incident leaky mode light at different output angles. In some cases, it may be desirable to employ the output couplers to function as different sub-pixels, to provide light to different viewing directions. The output couplers may be mirrors, volume gratings, chirped gratings, reflection gratings, two dimensional gratings, and/or transmission gratings. The output couplers may be angled so that the coupling output fans for each optical modulator are offset from the waveguide for that optical modulator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: Michael G. Moebius, Gregg E. Favalora, Joseph J. Register, Steven J. Byrnes, Ian W. Frank, Dennis M. Callahan
  • Publication number: 20180284563
    Abstract: An electro-holographic light field generator device comprises surface acoustic wave (SAW) optical modulators arranged in different directions. Specifically, some embodiments have SAW modulators arranged in pairs, nose-to-nose with each other, and have output couplers that provide face-fire light emission. These SAW modulators also possibly include SAW sense transducers and/or viscoelastic surface material to reduce crosstalk.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: Joseph J. Register, Dennis M. Callahan, Michael G. Moebius, Steven J. Byrnes, Gregg E. Favalora, Ian W. Frank
  • Publication number: 20180284562
    Abstract: An electro-holographic light field generator device comprises surface acoustic wave (SAW) optical modulators arranged in different directions. Specifically, some embodiments have SAW modulators arranged in pairs, nose-to-nose with each other, and have output couplers that provide face-fire light emission. These SAW modulators also possibly include SAW sense transducers and/or viscoelastic surface material to reduce crosstalk.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: Joseph J. Register, Dennis M. Callahan, Michael G. Moebius, Steven J. Byrnes, Gregg E. Favalora, Ian W. Frank
  • Publication number: 20180217473
    Abstract: An electro-holographic light field generator device is disclosed. The light field generator device has an optical substrate with a waveguide face and an exit face. One or more surface acoustic wave (SAW) optical modulator devices are included within each light field generator device. The SAW devices each include a light input, a waveguide, and a SAW transducer, all configured for guided mode confinement of input light within the waveguide. A leaky mode deflection of a portion of the waveguided light, or diffractive light, impinges upon the exit face. Multiple output optics at the exit face are configured for developing from each of the output optics a radiated exit light from the diffracted light for at least one of the waveguides. An RF controller is configured to control the SAW devices to develop the radiated exit light as a three-dimensional output light field with horizontal parallax and compatible with observer vertical motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Inventors: Ian W. Frank, Steven J. Byrnes, Juha-Pekka J. Laine, Gregg E. Favalora, Joseph J. Register, Dennis M. Callahan, Michael G. Moebius
  • Publication number: 20180217414
    Abstract: An electro-holographic light field generator device is disclosed. The light field generator device has an optical substrate with a waveguide face and an exit face. One or more surface acoustic wave (SAW) optical modulator devices are included within each light field generator device. The SAW devices each include a light input, a waveguide, and a SAW transducer, all configured for guided mode confinement of input light within the waveguide. A leaky mode deflection of a portion of the waveguided light, or diffractive light, impinges upon the exit face. Multiple output optics at the exit face are configured for developing from each of the output optics a radiated exit light from the diffracted light for at least one of the waveguides. An RF controller is configured to control the SAW devices to develop the radiated exit light as a three-dimensional output light field with horizontal parallax and compatible with observer vertical motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Inventors: Steven J. Byrnes, Gregg E. Favalora, Joseph J. Register, Ian W. Frank, Dennis M. Callahan, Michael G. Moebius, Juha-Pekka J. Laine