Patents by Inventor Walter D. Sessions

Walter D. Sessions 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: 10734732
    Abstract: An optically tunable metamaterial unit cell is provided for photonic switching. The cell is optically tunable and includes a dielectric substrate with upper and lower surfaces. The cell further includes arrays of metamaterial elements and a layer of photo-capacitive material. The arrays are disposed the upper surface of the dielectric substrate. The metamaterial is capable of reflecting electromagnetic radiation. The layer of photo-capacitive material overlaps the arrays of metamaterial elements. The photo-capacitive material is optically tunable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Simin Feng, Kevin A. Boulais, Walter D. Sessions, Pearl Rayms-Keller, Robert B. Nichols, William F. Smith, Karen J. Long, Michael S. Lowry
  • Patent number: 10615506
    Abstract: A control device is provided for photonic switching. The device includes an optically tunable metamaterial unit cell. This structure includes a dielectric substrate; at least two arrays of metamaterial elements located on the top surface thereof, the metamaterial being capable of reflecting electromagnetic radiation, and a layer of photo-capacitive material overlapping the at least two arrays of metamaterial elements, the photo-capacitance of the photo-capacitive material being optically tunable; and a reflectarray or phased array system containing the unit cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Simin Feng, Kevin A. Boulais, Walter D. Sessions, Pearl Rayms-Keller, Robert B. Nichols, William F. Smith, Karen J. Long, Michael S. Lowry
  • Patent number: 10230170
    Abstract: A metal lens is provided for length compacting a horn antenna across a frequency bandwidth. The metal lens includes a feed guide segment having an input cross-section, an intermediate segment, and an exit segment. The feed guide segment receives a signal from the horn antenna along a carry direction; an intermediate segment that expands from the input cross-section laterally to the carry direction. The intermediate segment incorporates an intermediate split vane perpendicular to the carry direction to divide the signal along the carry direction. The exit segment incorporates a plurality of terminating split vanes lateral to the carry direction for transmitting the output signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy.
    Inventors: Kevin A. Boulais, Walter D. Sessions, Reniery Cevallos, Sarah C. Weston, Lucas R. Hale
  • Publication number: 20180203189
    Abstract: A light transmission system is provided for operating an optically responsive circuit. The system includes a light guide film (LGF) to transmit light emitted from its edge, and a scattering node for directing the light to the circuit. The circuit is disposed on a proximate face of the LGF. The scattering node is disposed on a distal face of the LGF opposite the circuit. The circuit can be an integrated circuit, a light detection sensor or a photovoltaic cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Applicant: United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Kevin A. Boulais, Michael H. Fugate, Simin Feng, Walter D. Sessions, Robert B. Nichols, Victor H. Gehman, JR.
  • Patent number: 9095043
    Abstract: A cloak is provided for concealing an object to an electromagnetic field. A first vane encloses the object and a second vane encloses the first vane. The distance between the first and second vanes varies relative to the object, so as to conceal the object to the electromagnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Kevin A. Boulais, Walter D. Sessions, Francisco Santiago, Pearl Rayms-Keller, Lucas R. Hale, Craig Andrew Calcagno
  • Publication number: 20140203819
    Abstract: A cloaked field sensor apparatus and system using a cloaking barrier sheath to substantially enclose the surface of a transmitter conduit exposed to an electromagnetic field being measured to reduce the field sensor's interference with the electromagnetic field being measured. Multiple cloaked field sensor apparatuses may be aligned in an array and use identical or different cloaking barrier sheaths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: United States Government, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Walter D. Sessions, Kevin A. Boulais, Jennifer K. Roames
  • Patent number: 8784704
    Abstract: A material is provided for switching dielectric constant between distinct first and second values responsive to electromagnetic radiation having a specified energy. The material includes a medium transparent to the radiation and a plurality of particulates. Each particulate has a dipole that assumes one of distinct first and second parameters that correspond to the first and second values. The particulates are suspended within the medium. The parameters are either dipole span or charge strength. The dipole of each particulate sets to the first parameter by default and sets to the second parameter in response to the radiation. The particulates can be composed from undoped semi-insulating gallium arsenide. The medium can be polymethylmethacrylate, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Kevin A. Boulais, Pearl Rayms-Keller, Michael S. Lowry, Francisco Santiago, Karen J. Long, Walter D. Sessions, Natasha Laguodas Wilkerson, Reniery Cevallos
  • Patent number: 8723390
    Abstract: A flux compression generator (FCG) is provided for producing an electromagnetic pulse (EMP). The FCG includes an environmental case, a reactive load, a dielectric core, a superconducting stator, an electric energy source, a load switch, and a transition device. The reactive load transmits the EMP in response to an electric current pulse. The dielectric core has proximal and distal ends within the case, with the stator disposed coaxially around the core that provides structural support. The case contains the electrical energy source, the stator, the core and the transition device. The energy source connects to the stator at the proximal end and powers the transition device. The load switch connects the reactive load to the stator at the distal end. The energy source initially provides an electric current to the stator. The device upon activation heats at least a portion of the stator to reversibly transition the portion from a superconducting state to a non-superconducting state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Blaise L. Corbett, Jack L. Price, Albert J. Corda, Yehoshua D. Agassi, Walter D. Sessions
  • Publication number: 20140061507
    Abstract: A material is provided for switching dielectric constant between distinct first and second values responsive to electromagnetic radiation having a specified energy. The material includes a medium transparent to the radiation and a plurality of particulates. Each particulate has a dipole that assumes one of distinct first and second parameters that correspond to the first and second values. The particulates are suspended within the medium. The parameters are either dipole span or charge strength. The dipole of each particulate sets to the first parameter by default and sets to the second parameter in response to the radiation. The particulates can be composed from undoped semi-insulating gallium arsenide. The medium can be polymethylmethacrylate, for example.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: United States Government, as Represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Kevin A. Boulais, Alfredo N. Rayms-Keller, Michael S. Lowry, Francisco Santiago, Karen J. Long, Walter D. Sessions, Natasha Laguodas Wilkerson, Reniery Cevallos
  • Patent number: 8400225
    Abstract: An optically tunable cavity for an electronic device concurrently achieves high bandwidth (for example, at least about 10 percent, typically greater than about 50 percent) with high DC-RF efficiency (for example, at least about 50 percent, typically greater than about 85 percent). The electronic device may be a vacuum electronic device, including linear-beam and cross-field devices, with either an input circuit or an output circuit, or both, containing a photocapacitance-controlled resonator embedded such that a laser beam can impinge upon a semiconductor gap of the resonator. The laser beam may instantaneously change the resonant mode of the overall loaded cavity, thus allowing for amplification or oscillation of the desired frequency throughout the vacuum electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Walter D. Sessions, Kevin A. Boulais
  • Publication number: 20120313452
    Abstract: A flux compression generator (FCG) is provided for producing an electromagnetic pulse (EMP). The FCG includes an environmental case, a reactive load, a dielectric core, a superconducting stator, an electric energy source, a load switch, and a transition device. The reactive load transmits the EMP in response to an electric current pulse. The dielectric core has proximal and distal ends within the case, with the stator disposed coaxially around the core that provides structural support. The case contains the electrical energy source, the stator, the core and the transition device. The energy source connects to the stator at the proximal end and powers the transition device. The load switch connects the reactive load to the stator at the distal end. The energy source initially provides an electric current to the stator. The device upon activation heats at least a portion of the stator to reversibly transition the portion from a superconducting state to a non-superconducting state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: United States Government, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Blaise L. Corbett, Albert J. Corda, Jack L. Price, Yehoshua D. Agassi, Walter D. Sessions