Patents by Inventor Scot L. Olson

Scot L. Olson 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: 6118415
    Abstract: A driver (10) produces a current to generate traveling waves of voltage for low levels of illumination and an arc voltage for high levels of illumination through a gas discharge lamp (50). At the low illumination levels the traveling waves of voltage are produced in a manner so as to increase the current in the lamp at a controlled rate so that the increase in current can be stopped by an optical or ionization feedback loop when the lamp reaches the glow discharge region, after the Townsend discharge region and before the arc discharge region. Without careful control of the rate of the current increase, the desired current level can easily be overshot or undershot. Also, the feedback is critical given the varying nature of the impedance of gas discharge lamps. The process is repeated at selected intervals to produce a desired average level of illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: ELDEC Corporation
    Inventor: Scot L. Olson
  • Patent number: 5612593
    Abstract: A system for actively monitoring and controlling the effective ambient temperature in an application utilizing a fluorescent tube as the source of illumination. The system is the combination of a fluorescent tube, which may be thermally bonded to a reflector plate that is in physical contact with thermal electric cooler units and a heat sink. A temperature sensor in conjunction with drive circuitry and a power source, directs a magnitude and direction of current flow through the thermal electric cooler units thereby controlling the ambient operating temperature of the fluorescent tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1997
    Assignee: Rockwell International
    Inventor: Scot L. Olson