Plural Photosensitive Nonimage Detecting Elements Patents (Class 250/208.2)
  • Patent number: 10404965
    Abstract: A microscope system having a microscope forming an image of a specimen inserted onto an optical axis, an image-acquisition apparatus having an image-acquisition element which captures the image of the specimen, a purpose input unit with which an acquisition purpose of 3D image data is input, and a controller receiving the acquisition purpose, wherein the controller receives information about the numerical aperture of the microscope and information of a sampling pitch of the image-acquisition element, calculates a microscope resolution value and an image-acquisition-element resolution value on the basis of the received information, and sends at least one of the control signal for controlling the numeral aperture and the control signal for controlling the sampling pitch in response to the acquisition purpose to at least one of the microscope and the image-acquisition apparatus so that the calculated microscope resolution value and the calculated image-acquisition-element resolution value become the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Daiki Matsubara
  • Patent number: 10388696
    Abstract: A multiple arrayed parallel nanowire device includes one or more arrays connected in series, wherein each array includes a plurality of narrow nanowires flanked by one or more wide nanowires, a top electrode, an applied current, a bottom ground electrode, and one or more lateral electrodes where one or more currents or one or more probing voltages can be applied to detect voltage changes in each array. The device detects single and multiple photons without destroying superconductivity in all the nanowires in the array and is thus capable of remaining sensitive to subsequent photon impacts. Moreover, the device can resolve the location of each photon impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventor: Khalil Harrabi
  • Patent number: 10381402
    Abstract: A multiple arrayed parallel nanowire device includes one or more arrays connected in series, wherein each array includes a plurality of narrow nanowires flanked by one or more wide nanowires, a top electrode, an applied current, a bottom ground electrode, and one or more lateral electrodes where one or more currents or one or more probing voltages can be applied to detect voltage changes in each array. The device detects single and multiple photons without destroying superconductivity in all the nanowires in the array and is thus capable of remaining sensitive to subsequent photon impacts. Moreover, the device can resolve the location of each photon impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventor: Khalil Harrabi
  • Patent number: 10324032
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a sunscreen detector for use with portable device, such as a mobile and/or wearable device. One variation of a sunscreen detector comprises an illumination system that is configured to illuminate a target skin area with ultraviolet and/or infrared spectrum light and a sensor system that is configured to detect the amount of ultraviolet and/or infrared spectrum light that is reflected from the target skin area. The sunscreen detector is configured to analyze the data collected by the sensor system to generate a notification to the user as to whether they should apply sunscreen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Serhan O. Isikman, Brian R. Land, Erno H. Klaassen
  • Patent number: 10313026
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to delivering power to and communication with optical devices, such as sensors and effectors using only optical fibers. The device may receive optical energy from a fiber optic cable simultaneously with receiving communication in the form of inverse signaling. Inverse signaling means the light is on for longer than the light is off which may allow the device may receive more optical energy than when using normal signaling. Normal signaling means the light is off for longer than the light is on. The device may perform sensing or other functions using the received optical energy. The device may send communications through at least one optical fiber that may be separate from the one or more optical fibers from which the device receives communication and optical energy. The device may send communication using normal signaling, which uses less energy than inverse signaling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignees: Rolls-Royce North American Technologies, Inc., Rolls-Royce Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Joseph Skertic, John Joseph Costello
  • Patent number: 10298861
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a solid-state imaging device, an electronic apparatus, and an AD converter that are capable of suppressing the occurrence of an error in AD conversion results. The solid-state imaging device includes a pixel section having a plurality of pixels, a comparator for comparing a pixel signal outputted from the pixels with a reference signal, and a counter for counting the time of comparison made by the comparator. The comparator includes a first amplifier for comparing the pixel signal with the reference signal, a second amplifier that has a first transistor and amplifies an output signal of the first amplifier, and a second transistor having the same polarity as the first transistor. A gate of the second transistor is connected to an output end of the first amplifier, and a source and a drain of the second transistor are connected to the same fixed potential as a source of the first transistor. The present technology is applicable, for example, to a CMOS image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuhiko Hanzawa, Shizunori Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10209467
    Abstract: An active optical adapter plate comprises a main body, the main body comprises at least a through hole and at least a photoelectric detection area, the through hole is disposed on an end face of the main body and configured to insert an optical fiber to provide an optical path for an emission light of a laser; the photoelectric detection area is disposed on the end face of the main body having the through hole, and comprises a photoelectric detector used for detecting a reflected light of the emission light of the laser and converting the detected reflected light into an electrical signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: National Center for Advanced Packaging Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Haiyun Xue
  • Patent number: 10205880
    Abstract: A camera is configured with multiple microphones to reduce wind noise in audio data collected by the camera. The camera receives motion data, which may comprise data indicating acceleration of the camera, a plurality of video frames received by the camera, or a background level of noise associated with one or more microphones configured on the camera. The camera determines a motion vector from the motion data. The motion vector is parallel to the direction of motion of the camera. The camera selects a subset of one or more microphones in the direction of the motion vector. By recording audio data using the one or more selected microphones, the camera reduces wind noise in the audio data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Erich Tisch, Fabrice Barbier, Scott Patrick Campbell
  • Patent number: 10172206
    Abstract: A substrate for an LED emitter includes a body with a recess region formed therein. Bonding pads are disposed within the recess region, including LED bonding pads for LEDs and supporting chip bonding pads for one or more semiconductor chips that provide supporting circuitry (e.g., driver and/or controller circuitry) to support operation of the LEDs. External electrical contacts can be disposed outside the recess region. Electrical paths, disposed at least partially within the body of the substrate, connect the external electrical contacts to a first subset of the supporting chip bonding pads and connect a second subset of the supporting chip bonding pads to the plurality of LED bonding pads such that one or more supporting chips connected to the controller pads can be operated to deliver different operating currents to different ones of the LEDs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: LedEngin, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiantao Yan, Kachun Lee
  • Patent number: 10157683
    Abstract: Disclosed is a shift register which prevents current leakage and degradation of an oxide transistor due to light to improve output stability, and a display device using the same. The shift register includes a plurality of stages, and each stage includes a transmission line unit including a plurality of clock lines to supply a plurality of clock signals and a plurality of power lines to supply a plurality of voltages, a transistor unit including a plurality of transistors, and a light-shielding layer overlapping at least one transistor of the transistor unit so as to block light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong-Ho Jang, Jong-Uk Bae
  • Patent number: 10101181
    Abstract: A position sensing device comprises a frame, a guide bearing, a motion element, a position sensitive detector, a light source, and a position indicating emitter. The motion element is guided by the guide bearing over a measuring range along a measuring axis direction. The light source is configured to radiate source light. The position indicating emitter moves with the motion element. The position indicating emitter comprises an emitter material that absorbs source light and outputs excitation light from the emitter material to form a measurement spot on the position sensitive detector. The measurement spot moves along the sensing axis direction of the position sensitive detector corresponding to the position of the motion element along the measuring axis direction. The position sensitive detector outputs at least one signal in response to the measurement spot which is indicative of the position of the motion element along the measuring axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventor: David William Sesko
  • Patent number: 10072979
    Abstract: Integrated computational elements having alternating layers of materials may be problematic to configure toward mimicking some regression vectors. Further, they sometimes may be inconvenient to use within highly confined locales. Integrated computational elements containing a quantum dot array may address these issues. Optical analysis tools with an integrated computational element can comprise: an electromagnetic radiation source that provides electromagnetic radiation to an optical pathway; an integrated computational element positioned within the optical pathway, the integrated computational element comprising a quantum dot array having a plurality of quantum dots disposed at a plurality of set array positions; and a detector that receives the electromagnetic radiation from the optical pathway after the electromagnetic radiation has optically interacted with a sample and the integrated computational element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: William Cecil Pearl, Jr., David L. Perkins, Megan Renee Pearl
  • Patent number: 10074960
    Abstract: In an example, a laser system receives an externally generated single command. The single command may be selected from a set of commands usable to control a laser diode driver of the laser system. The laser system may determine whether to select a group of one or more commands from the set of commands. In response to a determination to select the group of the one or more commands from the set of commands, the laser diode driver may be controlled using the one or more commands of the group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: NLIGHT, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth V. Almonte, Qi Wang
  • Patent number: 10072975
    Abstract: A wearable or attachable device comprising a UV sensor configured to provide user-specific burn rate times providing an indication to the user when they are exposing themselves to harmful levels of UV radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Stella Wearables, Inc.
    Inventors: Nishant Sood, Nicolas Gonzalez, Enrique Guadarrama
  • Patent number: 10048163
    Abstract: Optical apparatus includes a diffractive optical element (DOE), which includes multiple optical surfaces, including at least an entrance surface and an exit surface, and a side surface, which is not parallel to the optical surfaces of the DOE. A grating is formed on at least one of the optical surfaces so as to receive radiation entering the DOE via the entrance surface and to diffract the radiation into a predefined pattern comprising multiple diffraction orders that exit the DOE via the exit surface. An optical detector is positioned in proximity to the side surface so as to receive and sense an intensity of a high order of the radiation diffracted from the grating that passes through the side surface of the DOE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Alon Yasovsky, Benny Pesach
  • Patent number: 10041035
    Abstract: System (100) and method for processing biomass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Petteri Salonen
  • Patent number: 9906300
    Abstract: A sensor assembly comprises a remote data concentrator (RDC) and an optically powered transducer module (OPTM). The RDC transmits a first optical pulse including a parameter request signal along an optical fiber. The OPTM is connected to the optical fiber, and comprises a photodiode, an energy storage device, a sensor, a processor, and a laser. The photodiode receives the first optical pulse, and the energy storage device is charged by the photodiode. The sensor, processor, and laser are powered by discharging the energy storage device. The sensor senses a parameter specified by the parameter request signal. The processor generates a signal packet from the output of the first sensor. The laser transmits a second optical pulse including the signal packet along the optical fiber to the RDC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Rosemount Aerospace Inc.
    Inventors: Nghia T. Dinh, Cuong Tho Huynh, Scott D. Isebrand
  • Patent number: 9874699
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a transistor outline (TO) package comprising a TO can holder; and a TO can at least partially embedded within the TO can holder; and a mode converter coupled to the TO package. A system comprises a mode converter comprising a lens configured to convert a mode of a light from a first mode size to a second mode size, wherein the first mode size is smaller than the second mode size; a silicon photonic chip comprising a waveguide configured to communicate the light; a fiber configured to couple to the lens and the waveguide; and a substrate configured to provide a support for the silicon photonic chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Rongsheng Miao, Yu Sheng Bai
  • Patent number: 9858517
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to payment cards and methods for making payment cards. In one embodiment, a card comprises a first layer and a second layer adjacent to the first layer. The second layer comprises a plurality of particles comprising metal, and the plurality of particles comprise at least about 15 volume % of the second layer. In another embodiment, a mixture is prepared comprising polymer and a plurality of particles comprising metal. The plurality of particles comprise at least about 15 volume % of the mixture. The mixture is pressed and an outer layer is applied. The mixture and outer layer are then cut to form the card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventors: Sonia Reed, Kenneth M. Sippola, William Thaw, Mustafa Top, William B. Bedwell, Steven Crouch-Baker, Francis Louis Tanzella, Esperanza Alvarez, John Stephens Stotts
  • Patent number: 9810795
    Abstract: Silicon photomultiplier circuitry is provided that comprises at least one silicon photomultiplier pixel, each pixel comprising a plurality of silicon photomultiplier microcells. The silicon photomultiplier circuitry comprises control circuitry adapted to maintain a substantially constant voltage on a connection node between microcells of the pixel. The control circuitry is adapted to minimize the onset and recovery time of an output signal by maintaining a substantially constant voltage on the connection node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: SensL Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: John Carlton Jackson, Peter Ward, Donal Cronin, Mike Quinlan
  • Patent number: 9772660
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a tablet capable of sensing a location using electromagnetic induction and electrostatic capacitance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: THE HAN INC.
    Inventor: Young Kee Ryu
  • Patent number: 9713437
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods are provided for localizing lesions within a patient's body, e.g., within a breast. The system includes a microwave antenna probe for transmitting and receiving electromagnetic signals to detect one or more markers that are implanted within or around the target tissue region. During use, the marker(s) are implanted into a target tissue region, and the microwave antenna probe is placed against the patient's skin to transmit a signal to the marker(s) and to receive the reflected signal from the marker(s) in order to determine the location of the marker(s). A tissue specimen, including the lesion and the marker(s), is then removed from the target tissue region based at least in part on the location information from the microwave antenna probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: CIANNA MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Larry W. Fullerton, John E. Greene, Tommy G. Nguyen, Eduardo Chi Sing
  • Patent number: 9696844
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an inductive touch screen, a display panel and a display apparatus. The inductive touch screen includes a first electromagnetic induction layer including a plurality of first conductive lines arranged in a first direction; a second electromagnetic induction layer including a plurality of second conductive lines arranged in a second direction, and the second conductive lines being intersected with and isolated from the first conductive lines; a driver circuit connected to the first conductive lines and the second conductive lines and configured to alternately supply driving current to the first conductive lines and the second conductive lines to cause the first conductive lines or the second conductive lines to generate a magnetic fields; and a sensor circuit connected to the first conductive lines and the second conductive lines and configured to sense variation of currents in the first conductive lines or the second conductive lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BEIJING BOE OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jinzhong Zhang
  • Patent number: 9686014
    Abstract: An active receiver structure that combines a large number of detectors without bandwidth penalty may provide a better signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) than conventional Radio Frequency over Glass (RFoG) networks. A transmission line receiver is used to combine a large number of optical detectors into a single radio frequency (RF) signal without a bandwidth penalty and a modest penalty in noise performance that results in an SNR that is much better than traditional optical combining techniques that are followed by a single detector. An optical multiplexer structure may be designed around the active splitter such that passive optical network (PON) operation is not impeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Marcel F. Schemmann, Venkatesh G. Mutalik, John Chrostowski, Amarildo Vieira
  • Patent number: 9664798
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for operating a counting digital X-ray image detector. Each pixel element and/or each pixel cluster is embodied as switchable between a first counting mode and a second counting mode that is different from the first. An at least first count of the number and/or energy of the events in an at least first time interval is performed for each pixel element or each pixel cluster in the first counting mode. An evaluation of the at least first count of the number and/or energy of the events is performed in an evaluation unit of the X-ray image detector. A switchover to the second counting mode is performed as a function of the number and/or energy of the events, and a second count of the number and/or energy of events counted within an at least second time interval is performed in the chosen second counting mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Steffen Kappler, Martin Spahn
  • Patent number: 9659980
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a semiconductor photomultiplier comprising a substrate; an array of photosensitive cells formed on the substrate that are operably coupled between an anode and a cathode. A set of primary bus lines are provided each being associated with a corresponding set of photosensitive cells. A secondary bus line is coupled to the set of primary bus lines. An electrical conductor is provided having a plurality of connection sites coupled to respective connection locations on the secondary bus line for providing conduction paths which have lower impedance than the secondary bus line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: SenSL Technologies LTD
    Inventors: Brian McGarvey, Stephen John Bellis, John Carlton Jackson
  • Patent number: 9627570
    Abstract: A display substrate includes a pixel switching element, a pixel electrode, a reference line, a control switching element, a bias line, a light sensing element, a sensing capacitor and a light blocking filter pattern. The pixel switching element is connected to a data line and a gate line, includes a first semiconductor pattern. The pixel electrode is connected to the pixel switching element. The reference line is in parallel with the data line. The control switching element is connected to the reference line and the gate line, includes a second semiconductor pattern. The bias line is in parallel with the gate line. The light sensing element is connected to the bias line and the control switching element, includes a third semiconductor pattern. The sensing capacitor is connected to the light sensing element and a storage line. The light blocking filter pattern transmits a first light, and blocks a second light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Suk-Won Jung, Hyang-Shik Kong, Sung-Hoon Yang, Sang-Youn Han, Kyung-Sook Jeon, Seung-Mi Seo, Mi-Seon Seo
  • Patent number: 9618609
    Abstract: An object is sensed without a malfunction due to disturbance light. An optical sensor (101) of an aspect of the invention includes: a light-emitting element (LED) which turns off and turns on alternately for each one period; a light-receiving element (PD1) which receives reflection light and generates a photocurrent; and an integrating circuit (11) which integrates the photocurrent in a positive direction in a period during which the light-emitting element turns on and integrates the photocurrent in a negative direction in a period during which the light-emitting element turns off. A sum of lengths of integration periods in a first period and a last period is same as a length of another integration period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Shirasaka, Takayuki Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9472699
    Abstract: Energy harvesting devices include a substrate and a plurality of resonance elements coupled to the substrate. Each resonance element is configured to collect energy in the visible and infrared light spectra and to reradiate energy having a wavelength in the range of about 0.8 ?m to about 0.9 ?m. The resonance elements are arranged in groups of two or more resonance elements. Systems for harvesting electromagnetic radiation include a substrate, a plurality of resonance elements including a conductive material carried by the substrate, and a photovoltaic material coupled to the substrate and to at least one resonance element. The resonance elements are arranged in groups, such as in a dipole, a tripole, or a bowtie configuration. Methods for forming an energy harvesting device include forming groups of two or more discrete resonance elements in a substrate and coupling a photovoltaic material to the groups of discrete resonance elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC
    Inventor: Dale K. Kotter
  • Patent number: 9438338
    Abstract: A free-space laser communication system for bidirectional transmission of telemetry data in Gigabit Ethernet (GBE) protocol using a dual atmospheric effect mitigation approach. This free-space bidirectional GBE laser communication system utilizes an Optical Combining Receiver Array and a Framer/Forward Error Correction/Interleaver (FFI) device to mitigate the combined effects of atmospheric turbulence and channel fading. Since the FFI device is designed for Synchronous Optical Network (SONET) protocol, an intelligent (or smart) media converter is used to convert GBE telemetry data to SONET frames, which enables the FFI device to perform an error correction algorithm and provide a seamless error-free GBE laser communication link for distance over a kilometer. This bidirectional laser communication system can be implemented with low-cost commercially available components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Eric Yuen-Jun Chan, Jonathan M. Saint Clair
  • Patent number: 9404795
    Abstract: An optical detector includes a first set of one or more photodiodes configured to generate a first photocurrent according to a first spectral response function of an incident light, a second set of one or more photodiodes configured to generate a second photocurrent according to a second spectral response function of the incident light, and a third set of one or more photodiodes configured to generate a third photocurrent according to a third spectral response function of the incident light. The optical detector further includes a module configured to output an indication of the intensity of the incident light according to a fourth spectral response function based on each of the first photocurrent, the second photocurrent, and the third photocurrent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Andrea Fant, Herbert Schaunig
  • Patent number: 9321631
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) provides a semiconductor chip having a cavity with a radiation sensor MEMS. The opening of the cavity at the chip surface is covered by a plate transmissive to the radiation sensed by the MEMS. A patterned metal film is placed across the plate surface remote from the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Christopher Daniel Manack, Frank Stepniak, Sreenivasan K. Koduri
  • Patent number: 9293292
    Abstract: The present invention provides a drawing apparatus for performing drawing on a substrate with a charged particle beam, the apparatus including a controller configured to perform control of the drawing performed by movement of a stage and a blanking function of each of a plurality of charged particle optical systems, wherein the controller is configured to perform, with respect to a first charged particle optical system, of the plurality of charged particle optical systems, from a plurality of charged particle beams reach a first region and a second region, formed on the substrate and adjacent to each other, the control such that the drawing is performed only in one of the first and second regions with a first portion of charged particle beams of the plurality of charged particle beams with the stage moved in a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masato Muraki, Yoshihiro Hirata
  • Patent number: 9291918
    Abstract: A beam adjuster assembly (14) receives an input beam (16) and provides a first output beam (18) and a spaced apart second output beam (20). The beam adjuster assembly (14) comprises a first frequency adjuster (22) and a second frequency adjuster (24). The first frequency adjuster (22) receives the input beam (16). The first frequency adjuster (22) transmits a first portion of the input beam (16) to provide the first output beam (18) having a first output frequency. Additionally, the first frequency adjuster (22) adjusts a second portion of the input beam (16) to provide a first adjusted beam (354). The second frequency adjuster (24) receives the first adjusted beam (354). Moreover, the second frequency adjuster (24) adjusts at least a portion of the first adjusted beam (354) to provide the second output beam (20) having a second output frequency that is different than the first output frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eric Peter Goodwin
  • Patent number: 9246044
    Abstract: A photovoltaic device is disclosed. In one aspect, the device is formed in a semiconductor substrate. It has a radiation receiving front surface and a rear surface. The device may have a first region of one conductivity type, a second region with the opposite conductivity type adjacent to the front surface, and an antireflection layer. The rear surface is covered by a dielectric layer covering also an inside surface of the via. The front surface has current collecting conductive contacts. The rear surface has conductive contacts extending through the dielectric. A conductive path is in the via for photogenerated current from the front surface. By having the dielectric all over, no aligning and masking is needed. The same dielectric serves to insulate, provide thermal protection, and helps in surface and bulk passivation. It also avoids the need for a junction region near the via, hence reducing unwanted recombination currents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: IMEC
    Inventors: Jozef Szlufcik, Christophe Allebe, Frederic Dross, Guy Beaucarne
  • Patent number: 9244541
    Abstract: An image sensing apparatus comprises at least one sensing pixel and a control circuit. The sensing pixel comprises: a charge storing device; a light sensing device, for respectively generating photoelectrons with a first, second amount in a first, second mode; and a switch device, for determining an amount that the photoelectron can be transmitted to the charge storing device according to a control voltage. The control voltage generates the control voltage to control the amount that the photoelectrons can be transmitted to the charge storing device to be a first charge amount in a first mode and to be a second charge amount in a second mode. The first, second charge amounts are smaller than a maximum charge storing amount for the charge storing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: PixArt Imaging Inc.
    Inventors: En-Feng Hsu, Ching-Wei Chen, Chien-Sheng Chen, Shuen-Yin Bai, Chien-Jung Chou
  • Patent number: 9229540
    Abstract: The present invention relates to interfaces and methods for producing input for software applications based on the absolute pose of an item manipulated or worn by a user in a three-dimensional environment. Absolute pose in the sense of the present invention means both the position and the orientation of the item as described in a stable frame defined in that three-dimensional environment. The invention describes how to recover the absolute pose with optical hardware and methods, and how to map at least one of the recovered absolute pose parameters to the three translational and three rotational degrees of freedom available to the item to generate useful input. The applications that can most benefit from the interfaces and methods of the invention involve 3D virtual spaces including augmented reality and mixed reality environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Electronic Scripting Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Mandella, Hector H. Gonzalez-Banos, Marek Alboszta
  • Patent number: 9214586
    Abstract: A package for a solar cell is provided having laminates formed by stacked lead frames to form an integral package supporting a solar cell structure. Lead frames serve as a heat sink, raised portions match a cavity in a middle lead frames that contain and hold individual solar cell chips in place. Beveled interior edges of a carrier lead frame are in electrical contact with bus bars on the periphery of a suspended solar cell and form the electrical connection for the cell, maximizing current handling capability and allowing the use of spring tension and/or a bonding compound for additional connection strength and integrity. Such a “stackable” semiconductor package requires no ribbon bonding and has multiple bias options, maximum scalability, enhanced moisture resistance, and multiple attachment options for heat sink attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Solar Junction Corporation
    Inventor: Paul F. Lamarche
  • Patent number: 9188683
    Abstract: An embodiment of a photomultiplier device is formed by a base substrate of insulating organic material forming a plurality of conductive paths and carrying a plurality of chips of semiconductor material. Each chip integrates a plurality of photon detecting elements, such as Geiger-mode avalanche diodes, and is bonded on a first side of the base substrate. Couplings for photon-counting and image-reconstruction units are formed on a second side of the base substrate. The first side of the base substrate is covered with a transparent encapsulating layer of silicone resin, which, together with the base substrate, bestows stiffness on the photomultiplier device, preventing warpage, and covers and protects the chips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Mark Andrew Shaw, Federico Giovanni Ziglioli
  • Patent number: 9147779
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a system, method, and apparatus for a solar cell by-pass diode with improved metal contacts. The method involves depositing a dielectric layer (e.g., SiO2 layer) on the metal contacts, and etching off a portion of the dielectric layer after sintering the metal contacts. The dielectric layer prevents the contact metal from oxidation during sintering. The unetched portion of the dielectric layer is used as the P-N junction passivation by the by-pass diode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Xiaobo Zhang
  • Patent number: 9124876
    Abstract: In an imaging apparatus according to an aspect of the present invention, the light-shielding member performing light shielding so that the light beam passing through the second region does not enter the first light-receiving element is provided only to the first light-receiving element. That is, no light-shielding member is provided to the second light-receiving element. Therefore, the number and types of light-shielding members can be reduced, and pupil division can be performed with a simple structure. Also, various products can be easily supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shuji Ono
  • Patent number: 9058548
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to payment cards and methods for making payment cards. In one embodiment, a card comprises a first layer and a second layer adjacent to the first layer. The second layer comprises a plurality of particles comprising metal, and the plurality of particles comprise at least about 15 volume % of the second layer. In another embodiment, a mixture is prepared comprising polymer and a plurality of particles comprising metal. The plurality of particles comprise at least about 15 volume % of the mixture. The mixture is pressed and an outer layer is applied. The mixture and outer layer are then cut to form the card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventors: Sonia Reed, Kenneth M. Sippola, William Thaw, Mustafa Top, William B. Bedwell, Steven Crouch-Baker, Francis Louis Tanzella, Esperanza Alvarez, John Stephens Stotts
  • Publication number: 20150144772
    Abstract: The invention relates to a light grid having divergent light beams so that cross-beams can also be evaluated beside parallel beams, wherein not only a light beam interruption, but also the intensity of the light incidence on a light reception unit is evaluated. To provide an improved light grid with which in particular smaller objects can be detected and possibly also located, it is proposed that the light transmission units have a transmission optics in whose focus an extended light source is arranged. Furthermore, each beam contains an effective beam, with an effective beam being defined in that a part shading of this effective beam effects a measurable intensity change in the associated light receiver corresponding to the shading. Finally, the effective beams define at least one detection zone in the monitored plane, with an illumination by at least one effective beam being present in the total detection zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Johannes EBLE
  • Patent number: 9040896
    Abstract: A probe card for wafer-level testing a plurality of optoelectronic devices on a wafer is provided. The probe card has both electrical and optical functionality. The probe card comprises a plurality of lenslets aligned with the plurality of optoelectronic devices to improve the optical coupling efficiency between each of the plurality of optoelectronic devices and a plurality of optical waveguides located on a probe head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: James Albert Walker
  • Publication number: 20150141267
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for analyzing single molecule and performing nucleic acid sequencing. An integrated device includes multiple pixels with sample wells configured to receive a sample, which, when excited, emits radiation; at least one element for directing the emission radiation in a particular direction; and a light path along which the emission radiation travels from the sample well toward a sensor. The apparatus also includes an instrument that interfaces with the integrated device. Each sensor may detect emission radiation from a sample in a respective sample well. The instrument includes an excitation light source for exciting the sample in each sample well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Quantum-Si Incorporated
    Inventors: Jonathan M. Rothberg, Ali Kabiri, Jason W. Sickler, Brett J. Gyarfas, Jeremy Lackey, Gerard Schmid, Benjamin Cipriany, Jack Jewell, Lawrence West, Michael Ferrigno, Paul E. Glenn, Anthony Bellofiore
  • Publication number: 20150136957
    Abstract: An optical receiver module includes: a lens array including a plurality of condenser lenses arranged in one direction to define a plane with optical axes in parallel to each other; and a light receiving element array including a plurality of light receiving elements each configured to receive light emitted from each of the condenser lenses. The light receiving element array includes: a semiconductor substrate to which the light from each of the condenser lenses is input and through which the light is transmitted; and light receiving portions each configured to receive the light transmitted through the semiconductor substrate and convert the light into an electrical signal. A shift of the optical axis of each of the condenser lenses from a center of each corresponding one of the light receiving portions is larger in a direction perpendicular to the one direction within the plane than in the one direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Koki IEMURA, Michihide SASADA, Hiroyasu SASAKI
  • Patent number: 9035231
    Abstract: In one aspect, a system for monitoring load-related parameters of a rotor blade of a wind turbine is disclosed. The system may generally include a plurality of reflective targets positioned within the rotor blade. Each reflective target may include a unique visual identifier. In addition, the system may include a light source configured to illuminate the reflective targets and a sensor configured to detect light reflected from the reflective targets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Danian Zheng, Hua Xia, Thomas Ernst Dinjus
  • Patent number: 9022572
    Abstract: A projection apparatus includes a time-sharing light emitting device, a display device, a projection optical system, an illuminance sensor and a lighting determination unit. The time-sharing light emitting device successively emits color lights one by one. The display device modulates the color lights to form an image. The projection optical system projects the image. The illuminance sensor converts illuminance of the color lights into an electric signal which is an output of the illuminance sensor. The lighting determination unit compares the output with a first threshold value, and operates the time-sharing light emitting device in response to the output being more than the first threshold value, and stops the time-sharing light emitting device in response to the output being equal to or less than the first threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Atsushi Hara
  • Publication number: 20150102208
    Abstract: A wearable sensor device, system, and methods for electronically monitoring safe ultraviolet and infrared radiations and beneficial visible light exposure based on sensor data and clinical information data relevant to estimate a personalized radiation pattern for disease prevention, a personalized radiation pattern for an evolution in disease activity or skin aging from radiation exposure of the user of the wearable sensor device and other users of the wearable sensor device. The wearable sensor device includes one or more UV sensors, an ambient light sensor, one IR sensor, and the wearable sensor device is in communication with remote computing devices to communicate sensor data and to calculate, send, and receive recommendations regarding beneficial radiation exposure and safe UV and IR exposure at the wearable sensor device, or remote computing devices paired with or connected to the wearable sensor device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Geoffrey Appelboom, Emmanuel Dumont
  • Patent number: RE47503
    Abstract: Photodetectors, methods for use in manufacturing photodetectors, and systems including photodetectors, are described herein. In an embodiment, a photodetector includes a plurality of photodiode regions, at least some of which are covered by an optical filter. A plurality of metal layers are located between the photodiode regions and the optical filter. The metal layers include an uppermost metal layer that is closest to the optical filter and a lowermost metal layer that is closest to the photodiode regions. One or more inter-level dielectric layers separate the metal layers from one another. Each of the metal layers includes one or more metal portions and one or more dielectric portions. The uppermost metal layer is devoid of any metal portions underlying the optical filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: INTERSIL AMERICAS LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Dyer, Eric Lee, Xijian Lin