Patents by Inventor Matthew Wade Puckett

Matthew Wade Puckett 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: 10823571
    Abstract: A ring-laser gyroscope which generates in an optical ring resonator and in response to a first pump beam, a first back-scattered beam propagating in a direction; generates in the optical ring resonator and in response to a second pumped beam, a second back-scattered beam propagating in an opposite direction; determines a first difference between the frequencies of the first and second back-scattered beams; reverses the directions of the first and second back-scattered beams; determines a second difference between the frequencies of the first and second back-scattered beams; determines a third difference between the first and second differences; and determines a rotation of the optical ring resonator in response to the third difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Jianfeng Wu, Karl D. Nelson, Matthew Wade Puckett
  • Patent number: 10823668
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided. The apparatus comprises a substrate; a low index of refraction region in or on the substrate; an optical waveguide; a cover; wherein at least a portion of the low index of refraction region and the optical waveguide are hermetically sealed under the cover; a chamber formed by the low index of refraction region and the cover; atoms; an environment, in the chamber, including the atoms and having a first index of refraction; a segment of the optical waveguide formed over the low index of refraction region and within the chamber; and wherein the segment has a second index of refraction which is substantially equal to the first index of refraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Karl D. Nelson, Matthew Wade Puckett, Neil Krueger
  • Patent number: 10801840
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for a four port atomic gyroscope are disclosed. Because of its four ports, a four port atomic gyroscope has an output separate from an input so as to increase sensitivity of the atomic gyroscope. Thus, smaller changes in rotation rate around a center axis of an optical waveguide loop of the four port atomic gyroscope can be detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Neal Eldrich Solmeyer, Karl D. Nelson, Matthew Wade Puckett, Robert Compton
  • Patent number: 10788340
    Abstract: A system for light detection and ranging (LiDAR) based sensing including air data detection is disclosed. The system comprises a photonics substrate comprising a passive optical filter array configured to receive backscattered light produced in a region of interest when a light beam is emitted by a laser device, and a reference beam from the laser device. The passive optical filter array includes a plurality of optical notch filters in optical communication with each other, the optical notch filters operative for frequency selection, and a plurality of optical detectors each respectively coupled to an output of one of the optical notch filters. The passive optical filter array is operative to perform frequency spectrum decomposition of the received backscattered light into a plurality of signals for data extraction and processing to determine air data parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Tin, Chad Fertig, Matthew Wade Puckett
  • Publication number: 20200295422
    Abstract: An embodiment of an optical structure includes a core having first and second ends and a first side with a first grating profile having a first phase shift distributed between the first and second ends, and a cladding disposed around the core. Such an optical structure can be used in an electro-optic modulator (EOM), and can render the EOM smaller in size than currently available EOMs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Applicant: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Wade Puckett, Neil A. Krueger
  • Patent number: 10768364
    Abstract: In one example, a chip-scale emitter includes a resonator formed in a waveguide, wherein the resonator includes a first grating formed in the waveguide and a second grating formed in the waveguide that is separate from the first grating; and a scattering element consisting of a single defect in the waveguide, wherein the scattering element is positioned between the first grating and the second grating in the waveguide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Wade Puckett, Neil A. Krueger
  • Patent number: 10731987
    Abstract: A stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) gyroscope comprises a resonator; a first laser in communication with the resonator and configured to emit a first optical signal propagating in a first direction, the first optical signal producing a first SBS signal counter-propagating in a second direction; a second laser in communication with the resonator and configured to emit a second optical signal propagating in the first direction, the second optical signal producing a second SBS signal counter-propagating in the second direction; a third laser in communication with the resonator and configured to emit a third optical signal propagating in the second direction, the third optical signal producing a third SBS signal counter-propagating in the first direction. At least one photodetector is coupled to the resonator and receives the SBS signals, which are combined in the photodetector to produce electrical signals that include rotational rate information encoded in frequencies of the electrical signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur Savchenko, Matthew Wade Puckett
  • Patent number: 10678072
    Abstract: A method is provided. The method comprises: injecting an optical carrier signal into an unbent optical waveguide between two reflectors, where the distance between two reflectors in the center of the two reflectors is substantially zero and the two reflectors undergo substantially a ? phase shift where the two reflectors are adjacent; creating standing waves between the two reflectors in the center, and a single resonance due to constructive interference; applying a varying electric field across the unbent optical waveguide centered between two reflectors and extending a length less than or equal to a combined length of the two reflectors; and generating a modulated carrier signal at at least one of an input and an output of the unbent optical waveguide between the two reflectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Wade Puckett, Neil Krueger
  • Publication number: 20200141731
    Abstract: A stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) gyroscope comprises a resonator; a first laser in communication with the resonator and configured to emit a first optical signal propagating in a first direction, the first optical signal producing a first SBS signal counter-propagating in a second direction; a second laser in communication with the resonator and configured to emit a second optical signal propagating in the first direction, the second optical signal producing a second SBS signal counter-propagating in the second direction; a third laser in communication with the resonator and configured to emit a third optical signal propagating in the second direction, the third optical signal producing a third SBS signal counter-propagating in the first direction. At least one photodetector is coupled to the resonator and receives the SBS signals, which are combined in the photodetector to produce electrical signals that include rotational rate information encoded in frequencies of the electrical signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Applicant: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur Savchenko, Matthew Wade Puckett
  • Patent number: 10627654
    Abstract: An acousto-optic waveguide device comprises a substrate comprising a first material having a first refractive index and a first acoustic velocity; a cladding layer over the substrate, the cladding layer comprising a second material having a second refractive index that is distinct from the first refractive index, the second material having a second acoustic velocity that is distinct from the first acoustic velocity; and an optical core surrounded by the cladding layer, the optical core comprising a third material having a third refractive index that is higher that the first refractive index and the second refractive index, the third material having a third acoustic velocity that is distinct from the first acoustic velocity and the second acoustic velocity. The cladding layer that surrounds the optical core has a thickness configured to substantially confine acoustic waves to the cladding layer when an optical signal propagates through the optical core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Wade Puckett, Jianfeng Wu, Mary Salit, Tiequn Qiu
  • Patent number: 10615563
    Abstract: A method of fabricating an acousto-optic waveguide that includes a waveguide cladding surrounding an optical core is disclosed. The method comprises providing a wafer substrate; depositing an initial amount of a first material over an upper surface of the wafer substrate to form a partial cladding layer; depositing a second material over the partial cladding layer to form an optical layer; removing portions of the second material of the optical layer to expose portions of the partial cladding layer and form an optical core comprising the remaining second material; and depositing an additional amount of the first material over the optical core and the exposed portions of the partial cladding layer to form a full cladding layer that surrounds the optical core. A relative concentration of components of the first material is adjusted to provide Brillouin gain spectral position control of the waveguide cladding to tune the acousto-optic waveguide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Wade Puckett
  • Publication number: 20200096698
    Abstract: An acousto-optic waveguide device comprises a substrate comprising a first material having a first refractive index and a first acoustic velocity; a cladding layer over the substrate, the cladding layer comprising a second material having a second refractive index that is distinct from the first refractive index, the second material having a second acoustic velocity that is distinct from the first acoustic velocity; and an optical core surrounded by the cladding layer, the optical core comprising a third material having a third refractive index that is higher that the first refractive index and the second refractive index, the third material having a third acoustic velocity that is distinct from the first acoustic velocity and the second acoustic velocity. The cladding layer that surrounds the optical core has a thickness configured to substantially confine acoustic waves to the cladding layer when an optical signal propagates through the optical core.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Applicant: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Wade Puckett, Jianfeng Wu, Mary Salit, Tiequn Qiu
  • Patent number: 10578722
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method of operating a glare reduction and ranging optical system having an image sensor with pixels is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Jianfeng Wu, Matthew Wade Puckett, Tiequn Qiu, Glen A. Sanders
  • Patent number: 10551562
    Abstract: Free-space coupler devices are disclosed. In one embodiment, a free-space coupler device comprises a waveguide structure including a waveguide grating, and an out-of-plane coupler separated from and in optical communication with the waveguide grating. The waveguide grating and the out-of-plane coupler are separated by a distance that will yield an optical resonance at a desired operating frequency or wavelength of an optical signal, thereby maximizing a diffraction power of the optical signal at the out-of-plane coupler while minimizing a reflection power of the optical signal at the out-of-plane coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Wade Puckett
  • Publication number: 20200026001
    Abstract: Free-space coupler devices are disclosed. In one embodiment, a free-space coupler device comprises a waveguide structure including a waveguide grating, and an out-of-plane coupler separated from and in optical communication with the waveguide grating. The waveguide grating and the out-of-plane coupler are separated by a distance that will yield an optical resonance at a desired operating frequency or wavelength of an optical signal, thereby maximizing a diffraction power of the optical signal at the out-of-plane coupler while minimizing a reflection power of the optical signal at the out-of-plane coupler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Applicant: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Wade Puckett
  • Patent number: 10534136
    Abstract: An optical coupler comprises a waveguide structure including a first waveguide layer having proximal and distal ends, the first waveguide layer including a first pair of waveguides that extend from the proximal end along a first portion, wherein the first pair of waveguides each widen along a second portion such that the first pair of waveguides merge into a single waveguide. A second waveguide layer is separated from the first waveguide layer, with the second waveguide layer having proximal and distal ends, the second waveguide layer including a second pair of waveguides that extend from the proximal end of the second waveguide layer along a first portion of the second waveguide layer, wherein the second pair of waveguides each narrow along a second portion of the second waveguide layer to separate distal tips. The waveguide structure matches an integrated photonics mode to a fiber mode supported by an optical fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Wade Puckett, Jianfeng Wu, Neil A. Krueger
  • Patent number: 10481328
    Abstract: An optical phased array comprises a substrate layer having a substantially planar surface, a plurality of emitters on the surface of the substrate, and at least one cladding layer over the emitters. A plurality of optics components coupled to the cladding layer is located a predetermined distance away from the emitters, with the optics components in optical communication with the emitters. The optics components comprise a first set of optics configured for angular correction of light beams emitted from the emitters, and a second set of optics separated from the first set of optics, the second set of optics configured for divergence enhancement of the light beams transmitted from the first set of optics. Alternatively, the optics components comprise a combined set of optics configured for angular correction of light beams emitted from the emitters, and for divergence enhancement of the light beams transmitted from the combined set of optics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Neil A. Krueger, Matthew Wade Puckett
  • Publication number: 20190331913
    Abstract: An emitter configuration layout for an optical phased array comprises a plurality of emitters arranged around a perimeter, and a plurality of waveguides, with each of the waveguides respectively coupled to one of the emitters. The plurality of emitters are operative to generate a single far-field peak.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Applicant: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Wade Puckett, Neil A. Krueger
  • Publication number: 20190323952
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided. The apparatus comprises a substrate; a low index of refraction region in or on the substrate; an optical waveguide; a cover; wherein at least a portion of the low index of refraction region and the optical waveguide are hermetically sealed under the cover; a chamber formed by the low index of refraction region and the cover; atoms; an environment, in the chamber, including the atoms and having a first index of refraction; a segment of the optical waveguide formed over the low index of refraction region and within the chamber; and wherein the segment has a second index of refraction which is substantially equal to the first index of refraction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Applicant: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Karl D. Nelson, Matthew Wade Puckett, Neil Krueger
  • Patent number: 10451806
    Abstract: An optical frequency comb generator device is disclosed. In one implementation, the optical frequency comb generator device comprises a bus waveguide, at least a first optical ring resonator optically coupled to the bus waveguide, and at least a first grating located on the first optical ring resonator opposite from the bus waveguide. The first optical ring resonator and the first grating are configured to generate counter-propagating optical frequency combs that are offset from each other at a controllable bandwidth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Wade Puckett, Neil A. Krueger, Jianfeng Wu