Patents by Inventor Sean D. Keller

Sean D. Keller 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: 20240185725
    Abstract: A warning receiver can be detachably mounted on the inside of a window of a manned platform to detect RF or RF and laser threats and to provide visual or audio warnings to the human occupant. The warning receiver is fully self-contained and independent of any systems on the manned platform. In different packaging configurations, the receiver can be manually rotated to better visualize the threat and/or the receiver's human-machine interface (HMIF) can be manually rotated to better display the warnings. Although most typically used in manned aircraft the warning receiver can be used in other manned vehicles or ships.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2022
    Publication date: June 6, 2024
    Inventor: Sean D. Keller
  • Patent number: 12000676
    Abstract: Optical sensors and particularly gimbaled optical sensors transmit an active signal at a given wavelength(s) and receive passive signals over a range of wavelengths and the active signal in a common aperture. The sensor includes a Tx/Rx Aperture Sharing Element (ASE) configured with a center region that couples the active signal to the telescope for transmission and an annular region that couples the passive emissions and the returned active signal to the detector. A filter wheel may be positioned behind the ASE to present separate passive and active images to the detector. These optical sensors may, for example, be used with guided munitions or autonomous vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Eric Rogala, Garret A. Odom, Gerald P. Uyeno, Sean D. Keller, Benn H. Gleason
  • Publication number: 20240118388
    Abstract: A laser warning receiver that can be detachably mounted on the inside of a window of a manned platform to detect laser threats within its field-of-view (FOV) and to provide visual or audio warnings to the human occupant. The LWR is fully self-contained and independent of any systems on the manned platform. In different packaging configurations, the receiver's FOV can be manually rotated to better visualize the threat and/or the receiver's human-machine interface (HMIF) can be manually rotated to better display the warnings. Although most typically used in manned aircraft the LWR can be used in other manned vehicles or ships.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2022
    Publication date: April 11, 2024
    Inventor: Sean D. Keller
  • Patent number: 11921284
    Abstract: A zoom system includes a collection optic L1 and a reflective Fresnel Lens L2 having a variable focal length. The reflective Fresnel Lens L2 is implemented with a MEMS MMA in which the mirrors tip, tilt and piston form and alter the reflective Fresnel Lens to focus light at a common focal point to set the variable focal length f2, hence the magnification M. In different embodiments, the zoom system may be configured to be “focal” or “afocal”. In the focal system, both L1 and L2 are fixed such that the system affects the net convergence or divergence of the magnified beam. In an afocal system, a mechanism is used to translate L2 to maintain a separation between L1 and L2 of d=f1+f2 as f2 is varied to change the magnification M.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Eric Rogala, Gerald P. Uyeno, Sean D. Keller
  • Patent number: 11901646
    Abstract: A sensing system. In some embodiments, the system includes a first imaging radio frequency receiver, a second imaging radio frequency receiver, a first optical beam combiner, a first imaging optical receiver, a second optical beam combiner, and an optical detector array. The first optical beam combiner may be configured to combine optical signals of the imaging radio frequency receivers. The second optical beam combiner may be configured to combine the optical signals of the imaging radio frequency receivers, and the optical signal of the first imaging optical receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: RAYTHEON COMPANY
    Inventors: Gerald P. Uyeno, Sean D. Keller, Benn Gleason
  • Patent number: 11837840
    Abstract: A multiple target tracker and beam steerer utilizes a MEMs MMA for beam steering to simultaneously illuminate multiple tracked targets per frame. The MMA can be adaptively segmented to change the number of output beams, and the power in a given beam, based on a list of tracked targets, range to targets, threat level etc. The MMA can be adaptively configured to simultaneously perform one or more Designation, Range Finding and Active Imaging modes on the same or different tracked targets. The MMA can be segmented so that each segment includes a plurality of mirrors to “oversample” the input beam. The mirrors in a given segment may be controlled to provide wavefront correction to the corresponding output beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Gerald P. Uyeno, Sean D. Keller, Benn H. Gleason
  • Patent number: 11835709
    Abstract: A beam steering architecture for an optical sensor is based upon a pair of Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) Micro-Mirror Arrays (MMAs) and a fold mirror. The MEMS MMAs scan both primary and secondary FOR providing considerable flexibility to scan a scene to provide not only active imaging (to supplement passive imaging) but also simultaneously allowing for other optical functions such as establishing a communications link, providing an optical transmit beam for another detection platform or determining a range to target. A special class of MEMS MMAs that provides a “piston” capability in which the individual mirrors may translate enables a suite of optical functions to “shape” the optical transmit beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Gerald P. Uyeno, Benn H. Gleason, Sean D. Keller, Mark K. Lange, Eric Rogala, Vanessa Reyna, Craig O. Shott, Jon E. Leigh, Garret A. Odom
  • Patent number: 11835705
    Abstract: Optical sensors and particularly gimbaled optical sensors transmit an active signal at a given wavelength and receive passive signals over a range of wavelengths while controlling pointing without benefit of measuring and locating the active signal return. The sensor includes a Tx/Rx Aperture Sharing Element (ASE) is configured to block the received active signal (e.g. reflections off a target in a scene) and process only the passive emissions. These optical sensors may, for example, be used with guided munitions or autonomous vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Gerald P. Uyeno, Eric Rogala, Mark K. Lange, Sean D. Keller, Vanessa Reyna, Benn H. Gleason, Craig O. Shott, Garret A. Odom, Jon E. Leigh
  • Patent number: 11815676
    Abstract: An active imaging system uses a MEMS Micro-Mirror Array to form and scan an optical beam over a first portion of scene within a first edge region of the field-of-view of the optical receiver in the direction of motion of the imaging system. In addition to tip and tilt control of the mirrors, the MMA may have piston control which can be used to minimize diffraction losses when focusing and scanning the beam, provide wavefront correction or to compensate for path length variations. The MMA may be partitioned into segments to independently form and scan a plurality of optical beams, which may be used to scan the first or different portions of the scene. The different segments may be provided with reflective coatings at different wavelengths to provide for multi-spectral imaging. The different segments may be used to combine multiple optical sources to increase power or provide multi-spectral illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Gerald P. Uyeno, Sean D. Keller, Benn H. Gleason
  • Patent number: 11747445
    Abstract: A warning receiver includes an anamorphic lens positioned to receive light within a field-of-view (FOV) defined by first and second angles that are orthogonal to each other and compress the light along the first orthogonal angle into a single line along the second orthogonal angle. A dispersive element is positioned to separate the single line of light into a plurality of wavelengths to produce a two-dimensional light field indexed by the second orthogonal angle and wavelength. A pixelated detector is positioned to receive the light field and readout electrical signals indexed by the second orthogonal angle and wavelength. A processor coupled to the pixelated detector process the electrical signals to detect and characterize an optical source within the FOV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Sean D. Keller, Gerald P. Uyeno, Zachary D. Barker
  • Patent number: 11686820
    Abstract: Optical sensors and particularly gimbaled optical sensors transmit an active signal at a given wavelength(s) and receive passive signals over a range of wavelengths and the active signal in a common aperture. The sensor includes a Tx/Rx Aperture Sharing Element (ASE) configured with an annular region that couples an active signal having a ring-shaped energy distribution to the telescope for transmission and a center region that couples the passive emissions and the returned active signal to the detector. A beam shaping element such as an Axicon lens, LCWG, Risley Prism, Unstable Optical Resonator or MEMS MMA may be used to form or trace the ring-shaped active signal onto the annular region of the ASE. A focusing optic may be used to reduce the divergence of the active signal so that it is collimated or slightly converging when transmitted such that the returned active signal approximates a spot. A filter wheel may be positioned behind the ASE to present separate passive and active images to the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Sean D. Keller, Gerald P. Uyeno
  • Patent number: 11664905
    Abstract: An RF imaging receiver using photonic spatial beam processing is provided with an optical beam steerer that directs the modulated optical signals to steer the composite optical signal and move the location of the spot on the optical detector array. The optical beam steerer may be implemented with one or more phase-dependent steering units in which each unit includes a waveplate and polarization grating to steer the modulated optical signals. The optical beam steerer may be configured to act on the individual modulated optical signals to induce individual phase delays that produce a phase delay with a linear term, and possibly spherical or aspherical terms, to steer the composite optical signal in which case the optical beam steerer may be implemented, for example, with an optical phase modulator and optical antenna in each optical channel which together form an OPA, a Risley prism or a liquid crystal or MEMs spatial light modulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Gerald P. Uyeno, Sean D. Keller, Benn H. Gleason
  • Patent number: 11650412
    Abstract: An active mode image sensor for optical non-uniformity correction (NUC) of an active mode sensor uses a Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) Micro-Mirror Array (MMA) having tilt, tip and piston mirror actuation to form and scan a laser spot that simultaneously performs the NUC and illuminates the scene so that the laser illumination is inversely proportional to the response of the imager at the scan position. The MEMS MMA also supports forming and scanning multiple laser spots to simultaneously interrogate the scene at the same or different wavelengths. The piston function can also be used to provide wavefront correction. The MEMS MMA may be configured to generate a plurality of fixed laser spots to perform an instantaneous NUC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Gerald P. Uyeno, Sean D. Keller, Benn H. Gleason
  • Patent number: 11644542
    Abstract: An optical sensor uses a MEMS MMA to scan a narrow laser beam over a transmit FOR to provide active illumination and to correct the beam profile (e.g., collimate the beam, reduce chromatic aberrations, correct the beam profile or wavefront). A staring detector senses light within a receive FOR that at least partially overlaps the transmit FOR. By completely eliminating the dual-axis gimbal, this sensor architecture greatly reduces the volume and weight of the optical sensor while avoiding the deficiencies of known systems associated with either fiber or free-space coupling of the laser beam into an existing receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Craig O. Shott, Gerald P. Uyeno, Benn H. Gleason, Sean D. Keller, Mark K. Lange, Eric Rogala, Vanessa Reyna, Garret A. Odom, Jon E. Leigh
  • Publication number: 20230110986
    Abstract: An RF imaging receiver using photonic spatial beam processing is provided with an optical beam steerer that directs the modulated optical signals to steer the composite optical signal and move the location of the spot on the optical detector array. The optical beam steerer may be implemented with one or more phase-dependent steering units in which each unit includes a waveplate and polarization grating to steer the modulated optical signals. The optical beam steerer may be configured to act on the individual modulated optical signals to induce individual phase delays that produce a phase delay with a linear term, and possibly spherical or aspherical terms, to steer the composite optical signal in which case the optical beam steerer may be implemented, for example, with an optical phase modulator and optical antenna in each optical channel which together form an OPA, a Risley prism or a liquid crystal or MEMs spatial light modulator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2021
    Publication date: April 13, 2023
    Inventors: Gerald P. Uyeno, Sean D. Keller, Benn H. Gleason
  • Publication number: 20230101430
    Abstract: A system and method for measurement and correction of aero-optical and aero-thermal effects to an EO/IR sensor's window/dome on a supersonic flight-vehicle. Range-gating of laser pulses measures and separates aerodynamic and atmospheric effects. Separate control algorithms and control loops at different update rates both simplifies the control algorithms and improves overall performance. The use of a MEMS MMA having tip/tilt/piston capabilities as the deformable mirror to provide wavefront correction enhances overall performance. The corrected laser pulses may also be used to actively illuminate a target to provide both active and passive detection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2022
    Publication date: March 30, 2023
    Inventors: Sean D. Keller, David J. Knapp, Jon E. Leigh
  • Publication number: 20230087666
    Abstract: An optical sensor uses a MEMS MMA to scan a narrow laser beam over a transmit FOR to provide active illumination and to correct the beam profile (e.g., collimate the beam, reduce chromatic aberrations, correct the beam profile or wavefront). A staring detector senses light within a receive FOR that at least partially overlaps the transmit FOR. By completely eliminating the dual-axis gimbal, this sensor architecture greatly reduces the volume and weight of the optical sensor while avoiding the deficiencies of known systems associated with either fiber or free-space coupling of the laser beam into an existing receiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2021
    Publication date: March 23, 2023
    Inventors: Craig O. Shott, Gerald P. Uyeno, Benn H. Gleason, Sean D. Keller, Mark K. Lange, Eric Rogala, Vanessa Reyna, Garret A. Odom, Jon E. Leigh
  • Publication number: 20230069658
    Abstract: An amplified laser device is provided with one or more Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) Micro-Mirror Arrays (MMAs) having tip, tilt and piston capability positioned on either side of the optical amplifier to correct the profile of the beam to improve the gain performance of the optical amplifier or to compensate for atmospheric distortion while steering the amplified beam over a FOR. The MEMS MMAs may be positioned in front of, behind or on both sides of the amplifier. The MEMS MMAs can be configured to optimize the combined amplifier performance, static and time varying, and compensation for atmospheric distortion together or separately.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2021
    Publication date: March 2, 2023
    Inventors: Gerald P. Uyeno, Sean D. Keller, Benn H. Gleason
  • Publication number: 20230068495
    Abstract: A warning receiver includes an anamorphic lens positioned to receive light within a field-of-view (FOV) defined by first and second angles that are orthogonal to each other and compress the light along the first orthogonal angle into a single line along the second orthogonal angle. A dispersive element is positioned to separate the single line of light into a plurality of wavelengths to produce a two-dimensional light field indexed by the second orthogonal angle and wavelength. A pixelated detector is positioned to receive the light field and readout electrical signals indexed by the second orthogonal angle and wavelength. A processor coupled to the pixelated detector process the electrical signals to detect and characterize an optical source within the FOV.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2021
    Publication date: March 2, 2023
    Inventors: Sean D. Keller, Gerald P. Uyeno, Zachary D. Barker
  • Publication number: 20230022548
    Abstract: An optical scanning system includes one or more Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) Micro-Mirror Arrays (MMAs) used to scan a field-of-view (FOV) over a field-of-regard (FOR). The MEMS MMA is configured such that optical radiation from each point in the FOV does not land on or originate from out-of-phase mirror segments and a diffraction limited resolution of the optical system is limited by the size of the entrance pupil and not by the size of individual mirrors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2021
    Publication date: January 26, 2023
    Inventors: David J. Knapp, Gerald P. Uyeno, Sean D. Keller, Benn H. Gleason, Eric Rogala, Mark K. Lange, Garret A. Odom, Craig O. Shott, Zachary D. Barker