Patents by Inventor Wayne L. Sunne

Wayne L. Sunne 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: 10703692
    Abstract: A reconfigurable polar molecule includes a symmetric nonpolar molecule portion having an elongated shape defined by a longitudinal axis and lateral axis, the longitudinal axis being longer than the lateral axis; a positive ionically charged group at a first end and a negative ionically charged group at a second end of the longitudinal axis, the positive and negative ionically charged groups forming a permanent dipole; a first bridging group and a second bridging group on opposing ends of the lateral axis, the first and second bridging groups being linear nonpolar groups; and a first support portion bonded to the first bridging group, and a second support portion bonded to the second bridging group, the first bridging group and the second bridging group being nonpolar and having structures that enable free rotation of the symmetric nonpolar molecule portion through the first bridging group and the second bridging group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: RAYTHEON COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael Pitman, Teresa J. Clement, Glafkos K. Stratis, Alphonso A. Samuel, Alex Dely, Wayne L. Sunne
  • Patent number: 10674797
    Abstract: The specification relates to a jewelry setting. The jewelry setting includes a gemstone having a culet; a mounting rod having a culet-shaped indent; and at least one braze joint, the at least one braze joint being formed between the culet and the culet-shaped indent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: FOREVER MOUNT, LLC
    Inventors: Wayne L. Sunne, Jim Hicks, Ed Liguori, Quent Duden
  • Patent number: 10421701
    Abstract: A support structure for a reconfigurable molecule includes a first support portion having a first mounting region; a second support portion having a second mounting region; and a rotatable molecule anchored between the first support portion and the second support portion on the first mounting region and the second mounting region, the rotatable molecule having an internal rotational axis extending from the first mounting region to the second mounting region; wherein the first support portion and the second support portion are mirror images of one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: RAYTHEON COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael C. Pitman, Teresa J. Clement, Glafkos K. Stratis, Alphonso A. Samuel, Alex Dely, Wayne L. Sunne
  • Publication number: 20190231036
    Abstract: The specification relates to a jewelry setting. The jewelry setting includes a gemstone having a culet; a mounting rod having a culet-shaped indent; and at least one braze joint, the at least one braze joint being formed between the culet and the culet-shaped indent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Wayne L. Sunne, Jim Hicks, Ed Liguori, Quent Duden
  • Patent number: 10334919
    Abstract: The specification relates to a gemstone setting. The gemstone setting includes a gemstone, a mounting surface and a braze joint. The braze joint is formed from a reactive metallic alloy with the reactive metallic alloy adhering the gemstone to the mounting surface. The braze joint is substantially concealed from a direct line of sight from a top portion of the gemstone by preventing excessive alloy from getting outside a desired braze area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Forever Mount, LLC.
    Inventors: Wayne L. Sunne, Jim Hicks, Ed Liguori, Quent Duden
  • Publication number: 20190110562
    Abstract: The specification relates to a gemstone setting. The gemstone setting includes a gemstone, a mounting surface and a braze joint. The braze joint is formed from a reactive metallic alloy with the reactive metallic alloy adhering the gemstone to the mounting surface. The braze joint is substantially concealed from a direct line of sight from a top portion of the gemstone by preventing excessive alloy from getting outside a desired braze area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Inventors: Wayne L. SUNNE, Jim HICKS, Rick Pierini, Ed LIGUORI, Quent DUDEN
  • Patent number: 10199722
    Abstract: A radome structure of an antenna system is provided having a plurality of switchable antenna elements disposed around a perimeter of the radome structure that can simultaneously track multiple targets and be implemented in a variety of different applications. Each of the switchable antenna elements can be individually switched between different radiation patterns to support different applications. The antenna system may include an infrared (IR) sensor pedestal, an IR sensor disposed on the IR pedestal and a plurality of switchable radio frequency (RF) antenna elements disposed in a circumferential direction around the IR sensor pedestal. In an embodiment, each of the plurality of switchable RF antenna elements can be switched from a first radiation pattern to a second radiation pattern to change an array radiation pattern of the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: RAYTHEON COMPANY
    Inventors: Glafkos K. Stratis, Wayne L. Sunne, Jim R. Hicks, Mark A. Owens, Jerry D. Robichaux, Douglas Mills
  • Patent number: 10165835
    Abstract: The specification relates to a gemstone setting. The gemstone setting includes a gemstone, a mounting surface and a braze joint. The braze joint is formed from a reactive metallic alloy with the reactive metallic alloy adhering the gemstone to the mounting surface. The braze joint is substantially concealed from a direct line of sight from a top portion of the gemstone by preventing excessive alloy from getting outside a desired braze area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventors: Wayne L. Sunne, Jim Hicks, Rick Pierini, Ed Liguori, Quent Duden
  • Patent number: 10153545
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a seeker system having an infrared (IR) sensor pedestal, an IR sensor disposed on the IR pedestal and a plurality of radio frequency (RF) antenna elements symmetrically disposed in a circumferential direction around the IR sensor pedestal. The seeker system further includes a plurality of RF waveguiding structures. In an embodiment, each of the RF waveguiding structures have first and second ends and are symmetrically disposed in a circumferential direction around the IR sensor pedestal such that in response to an RF signal incident on a first end of the waveguiding structure, the RF signal is provided to one of the plurality of RF antenna elements such that in response to an RF signal incident on the seeker system from any direction, each of the plurality of RF antenna elements receive the RF signal with a desired phase characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Glafkos K. Stratis, Jerry D. Robichaux, Wayne L. Sunne, Jim R. Hicks, David G. Derrick, Alphonso A. Samuel
  • Patent number: 10141624
    Abstract: A heat sensing system and method for dynamic heat sensing may be implemented in a flight vehicle having a main antenna configured for sending and/or receipt of signals. The system includes an auxiliary antenna system that is arranged within a radome of the flight vehicle for detecting temperatures around the exterior surface of the radome. The auxiliary antenna is configured for receiving and measuring infrared or optical energy. Using the measured energy, the system is configured to determine whether the detected temperature exceeds a predetermined temperature and rotating the vehicle to equalize heat around the vehicle when the current temperature exceeds the predetermined temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: RAYTHEON COMPANY
    Inventors: Glafkos K. Stratis, Anton Vanderwyst, Wayne L. Sunne, David G. Derrick
  • Publication number: 20180222826
    Abstract: A reconfigurable polar molecule includes a symmetric nonpolar molecule portion having an elongated shape defined by a longitudinal axis and lateral axis, the longitudinal axis being longer than the lateral axis; a positive ionically charged group at a first end and a negative ionically charged group at a second end of the longitudinal axis, the positive and negative ionically charged groups forming a permanent dipole; a first bridging group and a second bridging group on opposing ends of the lateral axis, the first and second bridging groups being linear nonpolar groups; and a first support portion bonded to the first bridging group, and a second support portion bonded to the second bridging group, the first bridging group and the second bridging group being nonpolar and having structures that enable free rotation of the symmetric nonpolar molecule portion through the first bridging group and the second bridging group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Inventors: Michael Pitman, Teresa J. Clement, Glafkos K. Stratis, Alphonso A. Samuel, Alex Dely, Wayne L. Sunne
  • Publication number: 20180222825
    Abstract: A support structure for a reconfigurable molecule includes a first support portion having a first mounting region; a second support portion having a second mounting region; and a rotatable molecule anchored between the first support portion and the second support portion on the first mounting region and the second mounting region, the rotatable molecule having an internal rotational axis extending from the first mounting region to the second mounting region; wherein the first support portion and the second support portion are mirror images of one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Inventors: Michael C. Pitman, Teresa J. Clement, Glafkos K. Stratis, Alphonso A. Samuel, Alex Dely, Wayne L. Sunne
  • Patent number: 9972907
    Abstract: A sensor system and method of reducing plasma-induced communication inhibition for a main antenna includes using auxiliary antennas for detecting a density of plasma that affects operation of the main antenna, and re-orienting an electromagnetic field around the main antenna in response to the density detected to reduce effect of the plasma on the main antenna. The auxiliary antennas are also operable for data link communication and switchable such if the density of the plasma inhibits receipt or sending of signals by one of the auxiliary antennas, another one of the auxiliary antennas may be used for data link communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Glafkos K. Stratis, Anton Vanderwyst, Wayne L. Sunne, David G. Derrick, James P. Edmiston, David G. Manzi, Howard C. Choe, Alphonso A. Samuel
  • Publication number: 20180123229
    Abstract: A radome structure of an antenna system is provided having a plurality of switchable antenna elements disposed around a perimeter of the radome structure that can simultaneously track multiple targets and be implemented in a variety of different applications. Each of the switchable antenna elements can be individually switched between different radiation patterns to support different applications. The antenna system may include an infrared (IR) sensor pedestal, an IR sensor disposed on the IR pedestal and a plurality of switchable radio frequency (RF) antenna elements disposed in a circumferential direction around the IR sensor pedestal. In an embodiment, each of the plurality of switchable RF antenna elements can be switched from a first radiation pattern to a second radiation pattern to change an array radiation pattern of the antenna.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Applicant: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Glafkos K. Stratis, Wayne L. Sunne, Jim R. Hicks, Mark A. Owens, Jerry D. Robichaux, Douglas Mills
  • Publication number: 20170358836
    Abstract: A heat sensing system and method for dynamic heat sensing may be implemented in a flight vehicle having a main antenna configured for sending and/or receipt of signals. The system includes an auxiliary antenna system that is arranged within a radome of the flight vehicle for detecting temperatures around the exterior surface of the radome. The auxiliary antenna is configured for receiving and measuring infrared or optical energy. Using the measured energy, the system is configured to determine whether the detected temperature exceeds a predetermined temperature and rotating the vehicle to equalize heat around the vehicle when the current temperature exceeds the predetermined temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Inventors: Glafkos K. Stratis, Anton Vanderwyst, Wayne L. Sunne, David G. Derrick
  • Publication number: 20170288303
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a seeker system having an infrared (IR) sensor pedestal, an IR sensor disposed on the IR pedestal and a plurality of radio frequency (RF) antenna elements symmetrically disposed in a circumferential direction around the IR sensor pedestal. The seeker system further includes a plurality of RF waveguiding structures. In an embodiment, each of the RF waveguiding structures have first and second ends and are symmetrically disposed in a circumferential direction around the IR sensor pedestal such that in response to an RF signal incident on a first end of the waveguiding structure, the RF signal is provided to one of the plurality of RF antenna elements such that in response to an RF signal incident on the seeker system from any direction, each of the plurality of RF antenna elements receive the RF signal with a desired phase characteristic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Applicant: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Glafkos K. Stratis, Jerry D. Robichaux, Wayne L. Sunne, Jim R. Hicks, David G. Derrick, Alphonso A. Samuel
  • Publication number: 20170264015
    Abstract: A sensor system and method of reducing plasma-induced communication inhibition for a main antenna includes using auxiliary antennas for detecting a density of plasma that affects operation of the main antenna, and re-orienting an electromagnetic field around the main antenna in response to the density detected to reduce effect of the plasma on the main antenna. The auxiliary antennas are also operable for data link communication and switchable such if the density of the plasma inhibits receipt or sending of signals by one of the auxiliary antennas, another one of the auxiliary antennas may be used for data link communication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Inventors: Glafkos K. Stratis, Anton Vanderwyst, Wayne L. Sunne, David G. Derrick, James P. Edmiston, David G. Manzi, Howard C. Choe, Alphonso A. Samuel
  • Patent number: 9709699
    Abstract: An optical component, for example a lens, integrally formed of a nano/nano class nanocomposite optical ceramic (NNCOC) material. The constituent nanograin materials of the NNCOC material are selected to tailor the thermal and optical properties of the lens so as to provide a lens with a substantially constant focal length over an operating temperature range and/or an optical system in which the image position does not change appreciably over the operating temperature range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: RAYTHEON COMPANY
    Inventors: Wayne L. Sunne, Jacob A. Hanson, Eric C. Fest, Ronald L. Roncone
  • Publication number: 20170135450
    Abstract: The specification relates to a gemstone setting. The gemstone setting includes a gemstone, a mounting surface and a braze joint. The braze joint is formed from a reactive metallic alloy with the reactive metallic alloy adhering the gemstone to the mounting surface. The braze joint is substantially concealed from a direct line of sight from a top portion of the gemstone by preventing excessive alloy from getting outside a desired braze area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Inventors: Wayne L. Sunne, Jim Hicks, Ed Liguori, Quent Duden
  • Publication number: 20160219991
    Abstract: The specification relates to a gemstone setting. The gemstone setting includes a gemstone, a mounting surface and a braze joint. The braze joint is formed from a reactive metallic alloy with the reactive metallic alloy adhering the gemstone to the mounting surface. The braze joint is substantially concealed from a direct line of sight from a top portion of the gemstone by preventing excessive alloy from getting outside a desired braze area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Publication date: August 4, 2016
    Inventors: Wayne L. SUNNE, Jim HICKS, Rick PIERINI, Ed LIGUORI, Quent DUDEN