Patents by Inventor Rongguang Liang

Rongguang Liang 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: 20240210158
    Abstract: Methods, devices and systems for measuring surface roughness and surface shape of an object are described. An example interferometric system includes a collimator and a first and a second light sources with different spectral ranges and different coherence lengths. The system selectively allows light from one of the light sources to reach the collimator, and also includes a beamsplitter, and a Mirau type microscope having an objective lens, a plate with a central reflective spot and a beamsplitter plate to produce a reference beam and a test beam. An imaging lens receives the test and reference beams that form a plurality of interferograms. A neural network receives two of the interferograms for measuring the surface shape and another two interferograms for measuring the surface roughness of the object. The interferometric systems have a compact form, making them suitable for on-machine measurements and other applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2022
    Publication date: June 27, 2024
    Inventor: Rongguang Liang
  • Patent number: 11900624
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described that enable three-dimensional (3D) imaging of objects. One example system includes a light source that produces multiple light beams having specific spectral content and polarization states. The system also includes phase masks that modify the intensity or phase of the light, and projection optics that allow simultaneously projection of at least three fringe patterns onto an object having particular phase, polarization and spectral characteristics. The detection system includes a camera that simultaneously receives light associated with the at the fringe patterns upon reflection from the object, and a processing unit coupled to the camera unit that determines one or both of a phase or a depth information associated with the object. The system and associated methods can efficiency produce 2D images of the object and allow determination of characteristics such as surface profile. The disclosed systems and methods can be effectively implemented with moving objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Arizona Board of Regents on Behalf of the University of Arizona
    Inventors: Stanley Pau, Rongguang Liang
  • Publication number: 20230371885
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and systems that relate to a portable multispectral dermascope are described. An example dermascope includes light sources having different spectral contents and configured to illuminate an area of the skin and at least one imaging sensor configured to collect light that it receives from the area of the skin. The dermascope also includes a processor to control illumination provided by the light sources to the area of the skin and process information associated with received light from the area of the skin to produce images of the area of the skin. In the dermascope, illumination from the light sources is controlled to provide illumination in a plurality of distinct wavelengths or range of wavelengths that produce differing optical responses of the area of the skin. The described methods and devices can be used to identify skin conditions using a compact and convenient device, such as a mobile phone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2021
    Publication date: November 23, 2023
    Inventors: Ross Uthoff, Rongguang Liang
  • Publication number: 20230342959
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described that enable three-dimensional (3D) imaging of objects. One example system includes a light source that produces multiple light beams having specific spectral content and polarization states. The system also includes phase masks that modify the intensity or phase of the light, and projection optics that allow simultaneously projection of at least three fringe patterns onto an object having particular phase, polarization and spectral characteristics. The detection system includes a camera that simultaneously receives light associated with the at the fringe patterns upon reflection from the object, and a processing unit coupled to the camera unit that determines one or both of a phase or a depth information associated with the object. The system and associated methods can efficiency produce 2D images of the object and allow determination of characteristics such as surface profile. The disclosed systems and methods can be effectively implemented with moving objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2023
    Publication date: October 26, 2023
    Inventors: Stanley Pau, Rongguang Liang
  • Publication number: 20230324663
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods related to all-reflective microscopes are described. The microscopes include an all-reflective off-axis optical system and is characterized with substantially zero chromatic aberration, low group delay dispersion and no central obscuration. One reflective microscope configuration includes a reflective objective subsection with at least three mirrors, where at least one mirror is off-axis and non-spherical. The reflective microscope also includes a reflective relay subsection with at least two minors having freeform surfaces and positioned to receive light from the reflective objective subsection. The reflective relay subsystem is configured to produce a magnification to allow coupling of light between two planes having differing beam sizes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2021
    Publication date: October 12, 2023
    Inventor: Rongguang Liang
  • Publication number: 20230228563
    Abstract: Methods, devices and systems describe compact and simple deflectometry configurations that can measure complex shapes of freeform surfaces. One deflectometry system includes a first panel and a second panel positioned at an offset position from each other to provide illumination for an object. The second panel, positioned closer to the object, is operable as a substantially transparent panel, and as a pixelated panel to provide structured light patterns. The system also includes two or more cameras positioned on the second panel an is operable in a first mode where the first panel provides a first structured illumination and the second panel is configured as a substantially transparent panel that allows the first structured illumination from the first panel to transmit toward the object. The system is also operable in a second mode where the second panel is configured to provide a second structured illumination for illuminating the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2021
    Publication date: July 20, 2023
    Inventor: Rongguang Liang
  • Publication number: 20230168075
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods for measuring surface roughness and surface shape of an optical element using a dual-mode interferometer are disclosed. The devices implement optical filters, with a compact form, that allows measurement of both surface characteristics without rearranging the system components. One example interferometric system includes a laser light source and a low coherence light source that alternatively provide light to a collimator, followed by a polarizer, and a polarizing beam splitter. The system further includes two optical filters, a quarter waveplate, two objectives and a reference optical component. Each light source produces a set of interferograms, where one set of interferograms is used to measure the surface shape and another set of interferograms is used to measure the surface roughness of the optical component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2021
    Publication date: June 1, 2023
    Inventor: Rongguang Liang
  • Publication number: 20230168482
    Abstract: Snapshot phase-shifting diffraction modules and associated systems and methods are described that enable high spatial and temporal resolution phase imaging with high immunity to environmental factors such as vibrations and temperature changes. One example optical diffraction phase module includes a polarization grating to produce two circularly polarized light beams with opposite polarizations, a first lens to receive the two circularly polarized beams, and a spatial filter positioned at a focal plane of the first lens. The spatial filter includes two openings, one to spatially filter one of the two circularly polarized light beams, and another opening to allow another circularly polarized light beam to pass. The module also includes a second lens to focus the received light onto an image plane and to enable a phase measurement based a plurality of interferograms. The phase module can be incorporated into a microscope system that operates a reflection or a transmission mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2021
    Publication date: June 1, 2023
    Inventors: Rongguang Liang, Xiaobo Tian
  • Publication number: 20230148852
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods for imaging hard-to-view and hard-to-reach places in the oral cavity, such as at the base of the tongue and tonsillar regions, are described. An example mobile intraoral imaging system includes a white light source and a blue or ultraviolet light source for illuminating a region in the oral cavity. The system includes a mobile device configured to receive information associated with reflected and autofluorescent light from the region in the oral cavity, as well as a semi-flexible probe that includes a bendable tip; the probe is changeable in shape to allow insertion in the oral cavity and includes a camera that is positioned at a section of its tip to capture the reflected and autofluorescent light. The system enables quick acquisition of high-quality images, and allows remote imaging and diagnosis of suspicious lesions in the oral cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2021
    Publication date: May 18, 2023
    Inventor: Rongguang Liang
  • Patent number: 11605172
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described that enable three-dimensional (3D) imaging of objects. One example system includes a light source that produces multiple light beams having specific spectral content and polarization states. The system also includes phase masks that modify the intensity or phase of the light, and projection optics that allow simultaneously projection of at least three fringe patterns onto an object having particular phase, polarization and spectral characteristics. The detection system includes a camera that simultaneously receives light associated with the at the fringe patterns upon reflection from the object, and a processing unit coupled to the camera unit that determines one or both of a phase or a depth information associated with the object. The system and associated methods can efficiency produce 2D images of the object and allow determination of characteristics such as surface profile. The disclosed systems and methods can be effectively implemented with moving objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS ON BEHALF OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
    Inventors: Stanley Pau, Rongguang Liang
  • Publication number: 20230068033
    Abstract: Single viewpoint panoramic imaging attachments for a colonoscope are disclosed that are compact in size and provide 360-degree side and rear-views in a single image. One panoramic attachment assembly includes a plurality of micro-imaging subsystems that are positioned around a central opening. Each micro-imaging subsystem includes a reflector to receive light that is reflected from a surrounding tissue, an imaging lens, and a detector to generate signals corresponding to one section of a panoramic image of the surrounding tissue. The micro-imaging subsystems are arranged to all have a common view point, and are configured to collectively form a full 360-degree image of the surrounding tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2021
    Publication date: March 2, 2023
    Inventor: Rongguang Liang
  • Patent number: 11473975
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for use in confocal imaging systems are described that enable lateral and axial scans at high speeds and without a moving scanner while producing high quality images. One chromatic confocal optical head includes an illumination source, such as an addressable point source array, to provide a wide spectrum illumination including multiple wavelengths. The optical head also includes a beamsplitter to allow the light to be directed toward an object, to receive the reflected light from the object and to direct the reflected light toward a detector. The optical head further includes a pinhole mask that is positioned to receive the light that is reflected from the object after passing through the beamsplitter, and a dispersion element that is positioned to receive the light after passing through the pinhole mask, and to separate the light into multiple spectral components for reception by the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS ON BEHALF OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
    Inventor: Rongguang Liang
  • Publication number: 20220291496
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and systems that relate to a portable chromatic light microscope are described. One example chromatic light microscope includes a light source including light producing elements that produce non-monochromatic output light that can be modulated. The chromatic light microscope further includes an illumination subsection to receive light that is output from the light source. The illumination subsection includes one or more lenses to spatially disperse spectral contents of the light that is received by the illumination subsection and to deliver light having chromatic aberration to a target object. The chromatic light microscope also includes an imaging subsection that includes one or more lenses to receive scattered light from the target object and to deliver the same to a sensor, and a linear variable filter to selectively pass a portion of the light having a particular spectral range of wavelengths to the sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Publication date: September 15, 2022
    Inventor: Rongguang Liang
  • Publication number: 20220268632
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and systems that relate to a low-cost reconfigurable polarimetric imaging are described. One example polarization imaging system includes a lens positioned to receive light reflected from one or more objects, and a spectral-polarization filter positioned at an aperture plane of the lens to filter the light received by the lens. The polarization imaging system can further include a sensor positioned to detect the filtered light from the spectral-polarization filter to form a polarization image of the one or more objects. The spectral-polarization filter comprises a first array of multiple spectral filters and a second array of multiple polarizers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2020
    Publication date: August 25, 2022
    Inventors: Rongguang Liang, Jian Liang
  • Patent number: 11366302
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are disclosed for measuring polarization properties and phase information, for example as can be used in microscopy applications. According to one example of the disclosed technology, an apparatus includes a light source, an interferometer configured to receive light generated by the light source and split the received light into two split beam outputs. The split beam outputs including combined, interfering light beams. Two light sensors, each including a polarization-sensitive focal plane array receive a respective one of the split beam outputs from the interferometer. Thus, some examples of the disclosed technology allows for simultaneous or concurrent measurement of properties of light including intensity, wavelength, polarization, and phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Arizona Board of Regents on behalf of the University of Arizona
    Inventors: Stanley Pau, Rongguang Liang
  • Publication number: 20220088872
    Abstract: Methods, devices and systems that allow three-dimensional printing of material with high resolution are described. One example system includes a two-photon polymerization (TPP) subsystem including a first light source coupled to an optical fiber positioned to deliver a first laser light to a scanning optical device, and an optical projection subsystem comprising a second light source configured to provide a second light to a digital projection device. A dichroic mirror is positioned to receive light corresponding to the first and the second light source, and an objective lens positioned to provide illumination to a target material for 3D printing. The dichroic mirror is configured to allow light from one of the light sources to pass therethrough to the objective lens, and to allow light corresponding to the other light source to be reflected towards the objective lens to enable simultaneous illumination of the target material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Publication date: March 24, 2022
    Inventor: Rongguang Liang
  • Patent number: 11274915
    Abstract: Methods, devices and systems are described that use a combination multiple light sources having different coherence lengths to measure surface characteristics of an object. One example system includes a two laser sources configured to operate at a first and a second center wavelength, a broadband source configured to operate at a range of wavelengths outside of the operating range of the at least two lasers, a phase mask array and a color filter arranged, respectively, to impart different phase delays and provide spectral filtering corresponding to the emitted radiation from the sources. A pixelated sensor device is positioned to simultaneously measure intensity values associated with a plurality of interferograms formed due to interference of light from the light sources after propagation through the phase mask array and the color filter. The measured intensity values enable the determination of surface characteristics of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS ON BEHALF OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
    Inventors: Stanley Pau, Rongguang Liang
  • Publication number: 20220011097
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and systems for processing interferograms in metrology applications are described. In one example aspect, a method includes obtaining an input phase image based on the interferograms, segmenting the input phase image by classifying the input phase image into multiple regions based on the phase value and a location of each pixel, assigning an integer value to each of the multiple regions, and constructing an output phase image based on the input phase image and the phase offset of each of the multiple regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Publication date: January 13, 2022
    Inventors: Rongguang Liang, Junchao Zhang, Xiaobo Tian, Jianbo Shao
  • Patent number: 11204509
    Abstract: A kinematically engaged yoke system (KEYS) for multiple-order-diffraction engineered material may comprise a harness comprising a frame and a plurality of semi-kinematic keys disposed on the frame, wherein the semi-kinematic keys are configured based on a MOD-side mechanical profile of a plurality of segments of a multiple-order-diffraction engineered material, and wherein the MOD-side mechanical profile, when engaged with the semi-kinematic keys, functions as a fiducial that provides alignment between neighboring segments; and one or more shims disposed between one or more pairs of neighboring segments of the plurality of segments of the multiple-order-diffraction engineered material, wherein the one or more shims facilitate alignment of the one or more pairs of neighboring segments of the plurality of segments based on a translation across one or more surfaces of the one or more shims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Arizona Board of Regents on Behalf of the University of Arizona
    Inventors: Dae Wook Kim, Rongguang Liang, Oliver Spires
  • Patent number: 11193824
    Abstract: Methods, devices and systems provide improved spectral imaging and detection and can be implemented as compact, light-weight and low-cost devices. An example device includes a mask that includes a plurality of apertures and positioned to receive light from an object of interest. A first lenslet array is positioned to receive light that passes through the plurality of apertures. Each lenslet of the first lenslet array receives the light from a corresponding aperture and produces collimated light that is incident on a dispersive element, such as a diffraction grating or a prism, which produces a plurality of spectrally separated components. A second lenslet array receives the spectrally separated components and focuses each of the spectrally separated components onto an image plane, where a sensor is located. The information obtained from the sensor can be used to determine or analyze spectral characteristics of the object, which can be in gaseous form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS ON BEHALF OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
    Inventor: Rongguang Liang