Patents by Inventor Karen Denise Hendrix

Karen Denise Hendrix 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: 10436947
    Abstract: A zoned waveplate has a series of transversely stacked birefringent zones alternating with non-birefringent zones. The birefringent and non-birefringent zones are integrally formed upon an AR-coated face of a single substrate by patterning the AR coated face of the substrate with zero-order sub-wavelength form-birefringent gratings configured to have a target retardance. The layer structure of the AR coating is designed to provide the target birefringence in the patterned zones and the reflection suppression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Lumentum Operations LLC
    Inventors: John Michael Miller, Joel Milgram, Karen Denise Hendrix, Michael O'Leary, Hery Djie, Lu Tian, Paul Colbourne
  • Publication number: 20190296067
    Abstract: A variable optical filter is disclosed including a bandpass filter and a blocking filter. The bandpass filter includes a stack of alternating first and second layers, and the blocking filter includes a stack of alternating third and fourth layers. The first, second and fourth materials each comprise different materials, so that a refractive index of the first material is smaller than a refractive index of the second material, which is smaller than a refractive index of the fourth material; while an absorption coefficient of the second material is smaller than an absorption coefficient of the fourth material. The materials can be selected to ensure high index contrast in the blocking filter and low optical losses in the bandpass filter. The first to fourth layers can be deposited directly on a photodetector array.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Karen Denise HENDRIX, Charles A. Hulse, Richard A. Bradley, Jeffrey James Kuna
  • Publication number: 20190196072
    Abstract: An optical filter having a passband at least partially overlapping with a wavelength range of 800 nm to 1100 nm is provided. The optical filter includes a filter stack formed of hydrogenated silicon layers and lower-refractive index layers stacked in alternation. The hydrogenated silicon layers each have a refractive index of greater than 3 over the wavelength range of 800 nm to 1100 nm and an extinction coefficient of less than 0.0005 over the wavelength range of 800 nm to 1100 nm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Karen Denise HENDRIX, Richard A. BRADLEY, JR., Marius GRIGONIS, Georg J. OCKENFUSS
  • Patent number: 10312277
    Abstract: A variable optical filter is disclosed including a bandpass filter and a blocking filter. The bandpass filter includes a stack of alternating first and second layers, and the blocking filter includes a stack of alternating third and fourth layers. The first, second and fourth materials each comprise different materials, so that a refractive index of the first material is smaller than a refractive index of the second material, which is smaller than a refractive index of the fourth material; while an absorption coefficient of the second material is smaller than an absorption coefficient of the fourth material. The materials can be selected to ensure high index contrast in the blocking filter and low optical losses in the bandpass filter. The first to fourth layers can be deposited directly on a photodetector array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: VIAVI Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Karen Denise Hendrix, Charles A. Hulse, Richard A. Bradley, Jeffrey James Kuna
  • Publication number: 20190165024
    Abstract: An optical sensor assembly is provided in which a dark mirror coating is used to suppress stray light in the form of both unwanted reflections from non-optically active regions of the sensor assembly surface and unwanted transmission of light into the surface region of the sensor assembly. The sensor assembly includes an image sensor positioned in a substrate adjacent to substrate surface areas that are not optically active. A dark mirror coating covering those surface areas significantly reduces reflections from non-optically active surface regions and improves image sensor performance in terms of signal-to-noise ratio and reduction in the appearance of “ghost” images, in turn enhancing the accuracy and precision of the sensor. The dark mirror coating may in the alternative, or in addition, be positioned underneath an optical filter, depending on the structure, material, and requirements of a particular sensor assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Applicant: VIAVI SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: Richard Alan BRADLEY, JR., Karen Denise HENDRIX, Jeffrey James KUNA, Georg J. OCKENFUSS
  • Patent number: 10222526
    Abstract: An optical filter having a passband at least partially overlapping with a wavelength range of 800 nm to 1100 nm is provided. The optical filter includes a filter stack formed of hydrogenated silicon layers and lower-refractive index layers stacked in alternation. The hydrogenated silicon layers each have a refractive index of greater than 3 over the wavelength range of 800 nm to 1100 nm and an extinction coefficient of less than 0.0005 over the wavelength range of 800 nm to 1100 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: VIAVI Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Karen Denise Hendrix, Richard A. Bradley, Jr., Marius Grigonis, Georg J. Ockenfuss
  • Publication number: 20190011714
    Abstract: A dichroic prism beamsplitter may include a medium with a refractive index greater than approximately 1.0. The dichroic prism beamsplitter may include a plurality of layers sandwiched by the medium. The plurality of layers may include an equivalent structure including at least one layer with a refractive index that is less than a threshold refractive index for total internal reflection. The at least one layer may be associated with a thickness less than or equal to a threshold thickness associated with total internal reflection for a threshold wavelength. The at least one layer may cause total internal reflection for a first wavelength range that is less than or equal to the threshold wavelength and causes evanescent wave coupling for a second wavelength range that is greater than the threshold wavelength.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventors: Karen Denise HENDRIX, Warren HENDRICKS
  • Publication number: 20180252845
    Abstract: A zoned waveplate has a series of transversely stacked birefringent zones alternating with non-birefringent zones. The birefringent and non-birefringent zones are integrally formed upon an AR-coated face of a single substrate by patterning the AR coated face of the substrate with zero-order sub-wavelength form-birefringent gratings configured to have a target retardance. The layer structure of the AR coating is designed to provide the target birefringence in the patterned zones and the reflection suppression.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Inventors: John Michael Miller, Joel Milgram, Karen Denise Hendrix, Michael O'Leary, Hery Djie, Lu Tian, Paul Colbourne
  • Publication number: 20180231791
    Abstract: An optical filter may include a substrate. The optical filter may include a set of alternating high refractive index layers and low refractive index layers disposed onto the substrate to polarization beam split incident light. The set of alternating high refractive index layers and low refractive index may layers may be disposed such that a first polarization of the incident light with a spectral range of less than approximately 800 nanometers (nm) is reflected by the optical filter and a second polarization of the incident light with a spectral range of greater than approximately 800 nm is passed through by the optical filter. The high refractive index layers may be hydrogenated silicon (Si:H). The low refractive index layers may be silicon dioxide (SiO2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Inventors: Karen Denise HENDRIX, Scott ROWLANDS
  • Patent number: 9964668
    Abstract: A zoned waveplate has a series of transversely stacked birefringent zones alternating with non-birefringent zones. The birefringent and non-birefringent zones are integrally formed upon an AR-coated face of a single substrate by patterning the AR coated face of the substrate with zero-order sub-wavelength form-birefringent gratings configured to have a target retardance. The layer structure of the AR coating is designed to provide the target birefringence in the patterned zones and the reflection suppression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Lumentum Operations LLC
    Inventors: John Michael Miller, Joel Milgram, Karen Denise Hendrix, Michael O'Leary, Hery Djie, Lu Tian, Paul Colbourne
  • Publication number: 20180108694
    Abstract: A variable optical filter is disclosed including a bandpass filter and a blocking filter. The bandpass filter includes a stack of alternating first and second layers, and the blocking filter includes a stack of alternating third and fourth layers. The first, second and fourth materials each comprise different materials, so that a refractive index of the first material is smaller than a refractive index of the second material, which is smaller than a refractive index of the fourth material; while an absorption coefficient of the second material is smaller than an absorption coefficient of the fourth material. The materials can be selected to ensure high index contrast in the blocking filter and low optical losses in the bandpass filter. The first to fourth layers can be deposited directly on a photodetector array.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Inventors: Karen Denise HENDRIX, Charles A. Hulse, Richard A. Bradley, Jeffrey James Kuna
  • Patent number: 9945995
    Abstract: An optical filter having a passband at least partially overlapping with a wavelength range of 800 nm to 1100 nm is provided. The optical filter includes a filter stack formed of hydrogenated silicon layers and lower-refractive index layers stacked in alternation. The hydrogenated silicon layers each have a refractive index of greater than 3 over the wavelength range of 800 nm to 1100 nm and an extinction coefficient of less than 0.0005 over the wavelength range of 800 nm to 1100 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: VIAVI Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Karen Denise Hendrix, Richard A. Bradley, Jr., Marius Grigonis, Georg J. Ockenfuss
  • Patent number: 9842873
    Abstract: A variable optical filter is disclosed including a bandpass filter and a blocking filter. The bandpass filter includes a stack of alternating first and second layers, and the blocking filter includes a stack of alternating third and fourth layers. The first, second and fourth materials each comprise different materials, so that a refractive index of the first material is smaller than a refractive index of the second material, which is smaller than a refractive index of the fourth material; while an absorption coefficient of the second material is smaller than an absorption coefficient of the fourth material. The materials can be selected to ensure high index contrast in the blocking filter and low optical losses in the bandpass filter. The first to fourth layers can be deposited directly on a photodetector array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Viavi Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Karen Denise Hendrix, Charles A. Hulse, Richard A. Bradley, Jeffrey James Kuna
  • Publication number: 20170336544
    Abstract: An optical filter having a passband at least partially overlapping with a wavelength range of 800 nm to 1100 nm is provided. The optical filter includes a filter stack formed of hydrogenated silicon layers and lower-refractive index layers stacked in alternation. The hydrogenated silicon layers each have a refractive index of greater than 3 over the wavelength range of 800 nm to 1100 nm and an extinction coefficient of less than 0.0005 over the wavelength range of 800 nm to 1100 nm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Inventors: Karen Denise HENDRIX, Richard A. Bradley, Marius Grigonis, Georg J. Ockenfuss
  • Publication number: 20170307785
    Abstract: A zoned waveplate has a series of transversely stacked birefringent zones alternating with non-birefringent zones. The birefringent and non-birefringent zones are integrally formed upon an AR-coated face of a single substrate by patterning the AR coated face of the substrate with zero-order sub-wavelength form-birefringent gratings configured to have a target retardance. The layer structure of the AR coating is designed to provide the target birefringence in the patterned zones and the reflection suppression.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Inventors: John Michael Miller, Joel MILGRAM, Karen Denise HENDRIX, Michael O’LEARY, Hery DJIE, Lu TIAN, Paul COLBOURNE
  • Patent number: 9632225
    Abstract: A zoned waveplate has a series of transversely stacked birefringent zones alternating with non-birefringent zones. The birefringent and non-birefringent zones are integrally formed upon an AR-coated face of a single substrate by patterning the AR coated face of the substrate with zero-order sub-wavelength form-birefringent gratings configured to have a target retardance. The layer structure of the AR coating is designed to provide the target birefringence in the patterned zones and the reflection suppression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Lumentum Operations LLC
    Inventors: John Michael Miller, Joel Milgram, Karen Denise Hendrix, Michael O'Leary, Hery Djie, Lu Tian, Paul Colbourne
  • Patent number: 9588269
    Abstract: An optical filter having a passband at least partially overlapping with a wavelength range of 800 nm to 1100 nm is provided. The optical filter includes a filter stack formed of hydrogenated silicon layers and lower-refractive index layers stacked in alternation. The hydrogenated silicon layers each have a refractive index of greater than 3 over the wavelength range of 800 nm to 1100 nm and an extinction coefficient of less than 0.0005 over the wavelength range of 800 nm to 1100 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Viavi Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Karen Denise Hendrix, Richard A. Bradley, Jr., Marius Grigonis, Georg J. Ockenfuss
  • Publication number: 20170047366
    Abstract: A variable optical filter is disclosed including a bandpass filter and a blocking filter. The bandpass filter includes a stack of alternating first and second layers, and the blocking filter includes a stack of alternating third and fourth layers. The first, second and fourth materials each comprise different materials, so that a refractive index of the first material is smaller than a refractive index of the second material, which is smaller than a refractive index of the fourth material; while an absorption coefficient of the second material is smaller than an absorption coefficient of the fourth material. The materials can be selected to ensure high index contrast in the blocking filter and low optical losses in the bandpass filter. The first to fourth layers can be deposited directly on a photodetector array.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Inventors: Karen Denise HENDRIX, Charles A. HULSE, Richard A. BRADLEY, Jeffrey James KUNA
  • Publication number: 20170017028
    Abstract: A zoned waveplate has a series of transversely stacked birefringent zones alternating with non-birefringent zones. The birefringent and non-birefringent zones are integrally formed upon an AR-coated face of a single substrate by patterning the AR coated face of the substrate with zero-order sub-wavelength form-birefringent gratings configured to have a target retardance. The layer structure of the AR coating is designed to provide the target birefringence in the patterned zones and the reflection suppression.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Publication date: January 19, 2017
    Inventors: John Michael MILLER, Joel MILGRAM, Karen Denise HENDRIX, Michael O'LEARY, Hery DJIE, Lu TIAN, Paul COLBOURNE
  • Patent number: 9515119
    Abstract: A variable optical filter is disclosed including a bandpass filter and a blocking filter. The bandpass filter includes a stack of alternating first and second layers, and the blocking filter includes a stack of alternating third and fourth layers. The first, second and fourth materials each comprise different materials, so that a refractive index of the first material is smaller than a refractive index of the second material, which is smaller than a refractive index of the fourth material; while an absorption coefficient of the second material is smaller than an absorption coefficient of the fourth material. The materials can be selected to ensure high index contrast in the blocking filter and low optical losses in the bandpass filter. The first to fourth layers can be deposited directly on a photodetector array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Viavi Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Karen Denise Hendrix, Charles A. Hulse, Richard A. Bradley, Jeffrey James Kuna