Patents by Inventor Timothy C. Tiernan

Timothy C. Tiernan 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: 20180031646
    Abstract: Eddy current detection probes and related methods are disclosed. In some embodiments, the eddy current detection probes are hybrid probes, including a solid state sensor and a detection loop. In some embodiments, the eddy current detection probes include a drive coil and a detection loop, with the detection loop having a sensitive axis that is not parallel to principal axis of the drive coil. In some such embodiments, the sensitive axis of the detection loop is perpendicular to the principal axis of the drive coil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Applicant: Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy C. Tiernan, Mark Steinback, Noa M. Rensing, Evan R. Weststrate
  • Patent number: 9678175
    Abstract: Eddy current detection probes and related methods are disclosed. In some embodiments, the eddy current detection probes are hybrid probes, including a solid state sensor and a detection loop. In some embodiments, the eddy current detection probes include a drive coil and a detection loop, with the detection loop having a sensitive axis that is not parallel to principal axis of the drive coil. In some such embodiments, the sensitive axis of the detection loop is perpendicular to the principal axis of the drive coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy C. Tiernan, Mark Steinback, Noa M. Rensing, Evan Weststrate
  • Publication number: 20150331038
    Abstract: An analysis system for analyzing circuits and other appropriate devices as well as its method of use are disclosed. In one embodiment, a system may include one or more electromagnetic field generators configured to generate an electromagnetic field proximate to a circuit. The system may also include one or more electromagnetic field sensors configured to scan the circuit by detecting an electromagnetic field induced in the circuit. An associated computing device may be configured to receive the scan of the circuit and compare the scan to a reference scan of the circuit to determine whether the circuit is different from the reference scan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: November 19, 2015
    Applicant: Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Evan Weststrate, Noa M. Rensing, Timothy C. Tiernan
  • Publication number: 20130010068
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing an augmented reality system are disclosed. In one instance, an augmented reality system may: identify a feature within a three-dimensional environment; project information into the three-dimensional environment; collect an image of the three-dimensional environment and the projected information; determine at least one of distance and orientation of the feature from the projected information; identify an object within the three-dimensional environment; and perform markerless tracking of the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy C. Tiernan, Kevin Grant Osborn, Thomas Anthony Keemon, JR., Robert Vinci
  • Publication number: 20120019236
    Abstract: Eddy current detection probes and related methods are disclosed. In some embodiments, the eddy current detection probes are hybrid probes, including a solid state sensor and a detection loop. In some embodiments, the eddy current detection probes include a drive coil and a detection loop, with the detection loop having a sensitive axis that is not parallel to principal axis of the drive coil. In some such embodiments, the sensitive axis of the detection loop is perpendicular to the principal axis of the drive coil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicant: Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy C. Tiernan, Mark Steinback, Noa M. Rensing, Evan Weststrate
  • Publication number: 20090187096
    Abstract: The present invention generally provides improved devices, systems, and methods for measuring materials with NMR and/or MRI. Exemplary embodiments provide a sensor array for NMR mapping of the material. For example tissue can be measured with the sensor array mounted on a probe body having a distal portion which can be inserted through a minimally invasive aperture. While many tissues can be measured and/or diagnosed, one exemplary embodiment includes a probe adapted for insertion into a lumen of a blood vessel. The sensor array can provide improved spatial resolution of tissue and/or tissue structures positioned near the sensor array to diagnose potentially life threatening diseases, for example a fibrous cap covering a vulnerable plaque. In specific embodiments, the sensors are attached to an expandable member, for example a balloon, which can be inflated to urge the probe sensors radially outward to position the sensors near the tissue structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Publication date: July 23, 2009
    Applicant: Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy C. Tiernan, John Chetley Ford
  • Patent number: 7535228
    Abstract: The present invention generally provides improved devices, systems, and methods for measuring materials with NMR and/or MRI. Exemplary embodiments provide a sensor array for NMR mapping of the material. For example tissue can be measured with the sensor array mounted on a probe body having a distal portion which can be inserted through a minimally invasive aperture. While many tissues can be measured and/or diagnosed, one exemplary embodiment includes a probe adapted for insertion into a lumen of a blood vessel. The sensor array can provide improved spatial resolution of tissue and/or tissue structures positioned near the sensor array to diagnose potentially life threatening diseases, for example a fibrous cap covering a vulnerable plaque. In specific embodiments, the sensors are attached to an expandable member, for example a balloon, which can be inflated to urge the probe sensors radially outward to position the sensors near the tissue structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy C. Tiernan, John Chetley Ford
  • Publication number: 20040244625
    Abstract: A magnetic sensor and magnetic field sensing method for ordnance, comprising locating a giant magnetoresistance detector within the ordnance and detecting magnetic fields with the detector. Also other sensing method and sensors employing such detectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2004
    Publication date: December 9, 2004
    Applicant: TPL, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy C. Tiernan, Raymond L. Jarratt, Stephen D. Summers
  • Publication number: 20030029345
    Abstract: A magnetic sensor and magnetic field sensing method for ordnance, comprising locating a magnetoresistance detector within the ordnance and detecting magnetic fields with the detector. Also other sensing method and sensors employing such detectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2002
    Publication date: February 13, 2003
    Inventors: Timothy C. Tiernan, Raymond L. Jarratt, Stephen D. Summers
  • Publication number: 20020073869
    Abstract: A magnetic sensor and magnetic field sensing method for ordnance, comprising locating a giant magnetoresistance detector within the ordnance and detecting magnetic fields with the detector. Also other sensing method and sensors employing such detectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2001
    Publication date: June 20, 2002
    Inventors: Timothy C. Tiernan, Raymond L. Jarratt, Stephen D. Summers
  • Patent number: 6150809
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for detecting defects in electrically conductive materials. A detection method and apparatus are provided for using applied magnetic fields to induce magnetic fields in the material under test, and then directly detecting changes in the induced magnetic field attributable to corrosion, cracks, flaws, or anomalies in the material under test. The invention features the use of one or more giant magnetoresistance sensors to detect directly the changes in the induced magnetic field, which changes provoke a response in the giant magnetoresistance sensors in the form of a change in resistance signal. The apparatus may be configured in various ways, including absolute field detection and differential field detection configurations, with either passive or active field compensation, and single sensor or multiple sensor arrays. A plurality of giant magnetoresistance sensors may be disposed upon a single substrate, or on multiple substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: TPL, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy C. Tiernan, Raymond L. Jarratt, Jr.