Patents by Inventor Steven J. Foote

Steven J. Foote 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: 5847388
    Abstract: A two-piece collimator for use in high takeoff angle energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) is provided. The two-piece collimator includes a base section and an extension section. The collimator base section may be attached rigidly to the end of an EDS detector tube. The collimator extension section is removably attached to and extends from the base section. Apertures through the base and extension sections are easily aligned with each other and with an EDS detector. The length of the collimator extension section is preferably selected such that the distal end of the extension section extends below the bottom of an upper pole piece of an electron microscope in which the collimator is employed. A two-piece collimator in accordance with the present invention effectively reduces stray radiation, including back scattered electrons, which may cause artifacts in a detected EDS X-ray spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Assignee: Noran Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. Foote, Minoru Shinohara
  • Patent number: 5816052
    Abstract: An improved X-ray spectrometer detector system includes a mechanical cooling system with a compressor connected by supply and return lines to a cryocooler connected to an X-ray dispersive spectrometer detector for an electron microscope. Within a housing containing a cryocooler heat exchanger, a heat sink thermal mass is thermally connected to a cold finger heat conducting structure which has the X-ray detector mounted at its distal end. The housing insulates the cryocooler heat exchanger and the heat sink from the external ambient. The compressor unit is operated to cool the detector to a desired low operating temperature at which precision measurements may be made. When such measurements are to be made, the compressor is turned off to minimize vibrations that could interfere with X-ray detector measurements or the operation of the electron microscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignee: Noran Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. Foote, Jon J. McCarthy