Patents by Inventor Jerry D. Withrow

Jerry D. Withrow 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).

  • Patent number: 7297055
    Abstract: A method of generating a high-level vacuum comprises evacuating a chamber having a substantially-pure gas therein to a medium-level vacuum, and freezing the residual gas to generate the high-level vacuum within the chamber. Impurities, such as atmospheric air, may be purged from the chamber by evacuating the chamber to a medium level vacuum (e.g., around 10?2 Torr) and subsequently filling the chamber with the gas. This purging process may be repeated multiple times to decrease the level of impurities in the gas filling the chamber. The substantially-pure gas may have an impurity-level of less than approximately 100 PPM and may comprise carbon-dioxide, although the scope of the invention is not limited in this respect. The medium level vacuum may range between approximately 1×10?2 Torr and 5×10?2 Torr allowing the use of a roughing pump, and the high-level vacuum may range between approximately 1×10?5 and 1×10?8 Torr.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: David R. Sar, Jerry D. Withrow