Means For Moving Optical System Patents (Class 250/234)
  • Patent number: 10649360
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an optical scanning device includes a board and a light receiving member, the positional accuracy of which is improved. When a length in a scanning direction and a length in an intersection direction of a body portion of the light receiving member are denoted by Lx0 and Ly0, respectively, and a length in the scanning direction and a length in the intersection direction of a through-hole formed in the board are denoted by Lx1 and Ly1, respectively, the lengths Lx0, Ly0, Lx1, and Ly1 satisfy the following formula: (Lx1?Lx0)>(Ly1?Ly0).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Jun Nagatoshi, Mitsuhiro Ohta, Shunsuke Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10620234
    Abstract: Among other things, an imaging device has a photosensitive array of pixels, and a surface associated with the array is configured to receive a specimen with at least a part of the specimen at a distance from the surface equivalent to less than about half of an average width of the pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Alentic Microscience Inc.
    Inventor: Alan Marc Fine
  • Patent number: 10606022
    Abstract: An optical element driving module is provided, including a housing, a movable portion configured to support an optical element, a driving assembly, a positioning sensor, and a non-metallic substrate disposed on a side of the movable portion. The movable portion is movable relative to the housing, the driving assembly is configured to drive movement of the movable portion relative to the housing, and the positioning sensor is configured to detect the movement of the movable portion relative to the housing. Specifically, the non-metallic substrate forms a recess for receiving the positioning sensor, wherein a depth of the recess is greater than a height of the positioning sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: TDK TAIWAN CORP.
    Inventors: Shang-Yu Hsu, Nai-Wen Hsu
  • Patent number: 10603093
    Abstract: A bone implant and a manufacturing method thereof are provided. The bone implant is used for implanting a bone of a living body, such as bone, vertebra and alveolar bone. The bone implant includes an implanting body and a plurality of microstructures formed on a surface of the implanting body. An inner layer of the bone implanting body is made of metal including titanium or alloy including titanium, and an outer layer of the bone implanting body is titanium dioxide. Each microstructure has a height and a width, wherein the width is less than 2 micrometers and the height is less than 1 micrometer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Cen-Ying Lin, Sung-Ho Liu
  • Patent number: 10597774
    Abstract: The subject of the invention is a process for obtaining a substrate provided on at least one portion of at least one of its sides with a coating, comprising a step of depositing said coating on said substrate, then a step of heat treatment of said coating using a pulsed or continuous laser radiation focused on said coating in the form of at least one laser line, the wavelength of which is within a range extending from 400 to 1500 nm, said heat treatment being such that a relative displacement movement is created between the substrate and the or each laser line, the speed of which is at least 3 meters per minute, the or each laser line having a beam quality factor (BPP) of at most 3 mm·mrad and, measured at the place where the or each laser line is focused on said coating, a linear power density divided by the square root of the duty cycle of at least 200 W/cm, a length of at least 20 mm and a width distribution along the or each line such that the mean width is at least 30 micrometers and the difference betwe
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE
    Inventors: Emmanuel Mimoun, Matthieu Bilaine
  • Patent number: 10564181
    Abstract: An atomic force microscope includes a scanner for scanning a probe along at least one translational axis, a stationary light source for generating an incident light beam, a stationary position sensitive detector for detecting a light beam reflected from a cantilever, an optical guiding mechanism for compensating a scanning motion of the probe and configured to guide the incident light beam to a spot on the cantilever and to guide the reflected light beam from the cantilever to the position sensitive detector, wherein the optical guiding mechanism includes at least two optical deflection elements per translational axis arranged to move synchronously with the probe along the respective translational axis, and configured to define an optical path between the light source and the detector for the incident and reflected light beam such that the optical path length is independent of the translation of the probe along the respective translational axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Nanosurf AG
    Inventor: Jonathan Adams
  • Patent number: 10564180
    Abstract: A scanning probe microscope capable of increasing a relative speed of a probe and making noise unlikely to occur in a measurement result for the surface shape of a sample. When a relative movement direction of the probe is switched at the time of reciprocation in an X direction and a direction opposite to the X direction, the relative speed is gradually decreased and then the direction is switched, and after the switching, the relative speed is gradually increased, to prevent a rapid change in the relative speed. At the time of shifting the probe in a Y direction and a direction opposite to the Y direction, the relative speed of the probe is gradually increased and then the relative speed is gradually decreased, to prevent a rapid change in the relative speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventor: Masato Hirade
  • Patent number: 10552945
    Abstract: A sample observation apparatus includes a memory and a main controller. The main controller stores a first number of photoelectrons required in a raw image for generating a super-resolution image. The main controller calculates the number of image data sets to be added together for generating the raw image based on the first number of photoelectrons stored in the memory and a predetermined image acquisition condition, acquires multiple sets of image data of the same region of a sample by repeatedly detecting light from the same region based on the calculated number of image data sets, and generates the raw image by adding together the acquired multiple sets of image data of the same region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hisao Kitagawa, Yusuke Yamashita, Yasunari Matsukawa
  • Patent number: 10547753
    Abstract: An optical scanning device includes a reflected-light passing unit having a passing region through which a portion of reflected light that is the scanning light reflected by the medium passes. An outer peripheral contour line of the passing region includes a contour curve configured with a set of points where coordinates in a direction orthogonal to a scanning direction are uniquely determined for the coordinates in the scanning direction. The contour curve renders a curve protruded toward the passing region. When a region in contact with the contour curve in the passing region is divided into a plurality of quadrilateral minute regions having equivalent areas and extending from the contour curve to a predetermined coordinate position in the scanning direction and are continuously arranged in the orthogonal direction, widths of the minute regions in the scanning direction are different for each location in the orthogonal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Shuji Otsuka, Seiichi Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 10527842
    Abstract: A projector includes a mirror quasi-statically driven by a drive signal to scan a laser beam in a pattern. A drive circuit generates the drive signal so the mirror moves in a non-linear fashion, yielding unwanted resonances. The non-linearity results in movement of the mirror through a first projection area, into a dead zone, and into a second projection area. The laser beam is emitted as the mirror moves through the first and second projection areas, but not the dead zone. A controller samples a feedback signal of the mirror as it moves through the first and second projection areas, producing first and second projection area sample which are processed to produce first and second ripple measurements. First and second correction signals are generated as a function of the ripple measurements. The drive circuit applies the correction signals to the drive signal so that the unwanted resonances are attenuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics LTD
    Inventor: Avi Resler
  • Patent number: 10520426
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of performing photothermal chemical nanoidentification of a sample includes positioning a tip of a probe at a region of interest of the sample, with the tip-sample separation being less than about 10 nm. Then, IR electromagnetic energy having a selected frequency, ?, is directed towards the tip. Using PFT mode AFM operation, absorption of the energy at the region of interest is identified. Calorimetry may also be performed with the photothermal PFT system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Bruker Nano, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory O. Andreev, Chanmin Su
  • Patent number: 10514292
    Abstract: An optical probe includes a first resonant scanner having a first mirror capable of rotating centered around a drive axis, the first resonant scanner reflecting emitted light from a light source toward a measured object, and a second resonant scanner having a second mirror capable of rotating centered around the drive axis, the second resonant scanner reflecting light reflected from the measured object toward a photoreceiver. The first mirror and the second mirror are rotationally driven in synchronization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: MITUTOYO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masahito Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 10481374
    Abstract: A method for scanning a sample using an electrically or electronically controllable microscope includes performing a continuous scanning of the sample so as to repeatedly generate a plurality of images of the sample, each of the plurality of images corresponding to a different time, the microscope being controlled via a control computer during the scanning. The plurality of images are analyzed using at least one second computer connected via a network, wherein the at least one second computer is configured to classify each of the plurality of images as one of interesting and non-interesting while the continuous scanning of the sample with the microscope continues. The continuous scanning of the sample is automatically influenced based on the classifying of the images performed by the at least one second computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignees: LEICA MICROSYSTEMS CMS GMBH, EMBL EUROPEAN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LABORATORY
    Inventors: Frank Sieckmann, Urban Liebel
  • Patent number: 10444483
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for three-dimensional imaging, including introducing upconverting nanoparticles into a sample, illuminating near-infrared laser such that upconverting nanoparticles introduced into a sample is excited, detecting a visible ray emitted from the excited upconverting nanoparticles and capturing and acquiring two-dimensional images by scanning the sample in a depth direction of the sample, and generating a three-dimensional image of the sample using the two-dimensional images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: GWANGJU INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Kang Taek Lee, Yo Han Song, Jin Ho Park, Hong Li Jo, Yeong Chang Goh, Kyu Jin Shin
  • Patent number: 10444356
    Abstract: A Lidar system may comprise: a laser configured to emit a laser beam; a reflector configured to receive the emitted laser beam and allow at least a portion of the emitted laser beam to transmit through the reflector, the at least the portion of the emitted laser beam being detection light; a two-dimensional scanning galvanometer; and a detector. The two-dimensional scanning galvanometer is configured to reflect the detection light to scan across an environment, receive at least a portion of the detection light reflected by a target in the environment, the at least the portion of the detection light reflected by the target being receiving light, and reflect the receiving light towards the reflector. The reflector is further configured to reflect the receiving light towards the detector. The detector is configured to measure the receiving light to detect the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Hesai Photonics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shixiang Wu, Liangchen Ye, Rui Wang, Shaoqing Xiang, Yifan Li
  • Patent number: 10436814
    Abstract: Systems and methods for manufacturing multiple integrated tip probes for scanning probe microscopy. According to an embodiment is a microscope probe configured to analyze a sample, the microscope probe including: a movable probe tip including a terminal probe end; a first actuator configured to displace the movable probe tip along a first axis; and a detection component configured to detect motion of the movable probe tip in response to an applied signal; where the moveable probe tip comprises a metal layer affixed to a supporting layer, at least a portion of the metal layer at the terminal probe end extending past the supporting layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Xallent, LLC
    Inventor: Kwame Amponsah
  • Patent number: 10425550
    Abstract: An optical scanning device has a housing in which a duct surrounds a space from the deflector and its circumference to an outlet in insulation from the optical system, and guides gas from an inlet to the space. A positioning member is shaped as a pillar that protrudes from the floor of the duct towards the deflector and has a tip to contact with the deflector to locate the rotation axis of the polygon mirror at a position relative to the housing. The positioning member further limits a clearance between an outer surface of the deflector and the floor to secure therein a flow path of the gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Ryo Hasegawa, Hajime Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 10400940
    Abstract: A wireless keyboard module, portable electronic device and methods for charging and pairing a wireless keyboard module to a portable electronic device are provided herein. According to one embodiment, the wireless keyboard module includes a wired connector configured to electrically connect to a wired connector on a back surface of the portable electronic device when the wireless keyboard module is mounted onto the back surface of the portable electronic device. Upon connecting the wired connectors of the wireless keyboard module and the portable electronic device, the wireless keyboard module is configured to receive a charging signal from the portable electronic device and configured to transmit a pairing code to the portable electronic device across the wired connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Bradford E. Vier, Kevin Bosse
  • Patent number: 10394187
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a photoreceptor and an exposure device. The exposure device is configured to expose a surface of the photoreceptor and to form an electrostatic latent image. The exposure device includes a light source, a polygon mirror and a polygon motor. The light source is configured to emit a beam. The polygon mirror is configured to deflect the beam emitted from the light source. The polygon motor is configured to rotate the polygon mirror. The polygon motor is rotated at least temporarily when an aging mode to remove moisture from the surface of the photoreceptor is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Keigo Kimura, Hiroka Itani, Yoshiyuki Odaka, Hiroaki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10393506
    Abstract: A mobile dimensioning device, i.e. a mobile dimensioner, is described that uses a dynamic accuracy while still being compatible with the NIST standard. Even if the accuracy division is dynamic and not predetermined, a mobile dimensioning device of the present invention reports the actual dimensioning prior to measurement capture and can therefore be certified and used in commercial transactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Franck Laffargue, Scott McCloskey, H. Sprague Ackley
  • Patent number: 10384238
    Abstract: A debris collection and metrology system for collecting and analyzing debris from a tip used in nanomachining processes, the system including an irradiation source, an irradiation detector, an actuator, and a controller. The irradiation source is operable to direct incident irradiation onto the tip, and the irradiation detector is operable to receive a sample irradiation from the tip, the sample irradiation being generated as a result of the direct incident irradiation being applied onto the tip. The controller is operatively coupled to an actuator system and the irradiation detector, and the controller is operable to receive a first signal based on a first response of the irradiation detector to the sample irradiation, and the controller is operable to effect relative motion between the tip and at least one of the irradiation source and the irradiation detector based on the first signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: RAVE LLC
    Inventors: Tod Evan Robinson, Bernabe J. Arruza, Kenneth Gilbert Roessler, David Brinkley, Jeffrey E. Leclaire
  • Patent number: 10386622
    Abstract: A polarizing device for a polarizing microscope, including: a base plate on which the polarizing microscope is fixed, a base support, a lower polarizing assembly, and an upper polarizing assembly. The base support is vertically disposed at one side of the base plate. The lower polarizing assembly is disposed at the lower-middle part of the base support, and the upper polarizing assembly is disposed at the upper part of the base support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: CHENGDU WESTIMAGE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventor: Haibo He
  • Patent number: 10371949
    Abstract: Configurations are disclosed for a health system to be used in various healthcare applications, e.g., for patient diagnostics, monitoring, and/or therapy. The health system may comprise a light generation module to transmit light or an image to a user, one or more sensors to detect a physiological parameter of the user's body, including their eyes, and processing circuitry to analyze an input received in response to the presented images to determine one or more health conditions or defects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicole Elizabeth Samec, John Graham Macnamara, Christopher M. Harrises, Brian T. Schowengerdt, Rony Abovitz, Mark Baerenrodt
  • Patent number: 10362186
    Abstract: An image scanning apparatus includes a controller configured to perform a setting process to set a specific waiting time for a timer, based on a detected position of a document guide. The setting process includes, when the detected position of the document guide is a particular guide position for a first-size document sheet, setting a first waiting time as the specific waiting time for the timer, and when the detected position of the document guide is not the particular guide position, setting a second waiting time as the specific waiting time for the timer, the second waiting time being longer than the first waiting time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshiki Motoyama
  • Patent number: 10359599
    Abstract: A lens driving module is provided which includes a movable portion, a base, a housing, a plastic substrate, and a 3D circuit. The base is adjacent to the movable portion, and the housing is connected to the base and surrounds the movable portion. The plastic substrate is disposed between the housing and the movable portion. At least a portion of the 3D circuit is disposed on the plastic substrate and is configured to transmit the signals or power for the operation of the lens driving module. The 3D circuit has an inner connecting portion and an outer connecting portion positioned on different planes and arranged to be parallel to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: TDK TAIWAN CORP.
    Inventors: Shang-Yu Hsu, Nai-Wen Hsu
  • Patent number: 10352862
    Abstract: In a Raman spectroscopic microscope, a spatial resolution that exceeds the diffraction limit of light is achieved. A diffraction grating diffracts laser light emitted from a light source and thereby generates diffracted light. A spectroscope acquires a spectrum of incident light and a spatial distribution of light intensities of the spectrum. An optical system applies interference light formed by +1st order diffracted light and ?1st order diffracted light generated in the diffraction grating to an object to be observed as linear illumination light and guides a Raman scattered light generated by the application of the linear illumination light to the object to be observed to the spectroscope, the linear illumination light having its longitudinal direction in a first direction. A control unit controls the optical system and thereby scans the object to be observed by the linear illumination light in a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: NANOPHOTON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Katsumasa Fujita, Satoshi Kawata, Kozue Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10330698
    Abstract: A holding device for detachably holding a magnetic sample holder or a sample body, in particular for a scanning probe microscope, wherein the holding device includes an accommodation unit for accommodating the magnetic sample holder or the sample body, a magnetic field guiding unit which, in a holding mode, is adapted for guiding a magnetic field for applying a magnetic holding force at the accommodation unit for holding the magnetic sample holder or sample body which is accommodated at the accommodation unit, and a magnetic field switching unit which is adapted for switching between at least two relative arrangements between the magnetic field guiding unit and the magnetic field switching unit, in order to selectively adjust the holding mode or a release mode, wherein in the release mode the magnetic sample holder or sample body is released for being detached from the accommodation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Anton Paar GmbH
    Inventors: Norbert Pinno-Rath, Daniel Koller
  • Patent number: 10330916
    Abstract: Provided is an optical-fiber scanner including: an optical fiber; a body fitted on a basal-end side of the optical fiber; piezoelectric elements secured to the body and causing the optical fiber to vibrate; and a securing portion to which the body is fitted at a position that is farther on a basal-end side away from the piezoelectric elements, wherein the body has a columnar portion that is formed of an elastic material to which the piezoelectric elements are attached and that has a through-hole into which the optical fiber can be inserted, and a distal-end portion that is disposed at a distal end of the columnar portion, that supports the optical fiber in a fitted state, and that has a rotator shape in which a cross-sectional area thereof in a radial direction gradually decreases toward a distal end of the optical fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Tsuruta, Yasuaki Kasai, Hirokazu Yokota
  • Patent number: 10324284
    Abstract: A mems scanner package and a scanning projector including the same are disclosed. The MEMS scanner package includes a MEMS scanner including a mirror surface for reflecting light, a magnet disposed behind the MEMS scanner, a lower case having an accommodation space formed therein to accommodate the magnet, an upper case having an opening formed therein to pass light, reflected from the MEMS scanner, therethrough, and a transparent cover unit for covering the opening. The transparent cover unit is embodied as a transparent member, and is coupled to the upper case while being inclined at a predetermined inclination angle with respect to the MEMS scanner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jaehyuk Lim, Seungchan Lee, Kwangsuk Hwang
  • Patent number: 10302466
    Abstract: An optical encoder configuration comprises a scale, an illumination source, and a photodetector configuration. The illumination source is configured to output structured illumination to the scale. The scale extends along a measuring axis direction and is configured to output scale light that forms a detector fringe pattern comprising periodic high and low intensity bands that extend over a relatively longer dimension along the measuring axis direction and are relatively narrow and periodic along a detected fringe motion direction transverse to the measuring axis direction. The high and low intensity bands move along the detected fringe motion direction transverse to the measuring axis direction as the scale grating displaces along the measuring axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Daniel Tobiason, Norman Laman, Akihide Kimura, Shu Hirata
  • Patent number: 10295648
    Abstract: An optical encoder configuration comprises a scale, an illumination source, and a photodetector configuration. The illumination source is configured to output structured illumination to the scale. The scale extends along a measuring axis direction and is configured to output scale light that forms a detector fringe pattern comprising periodic high and low intensity bands that extend over a relatively longer dimension along the measuring axis direction and are relatively narrow and periodic along a detected fringe motion direction transverse to the measuring axis direction. The high and low intensity bands move along the detected fringe motion direction transverse to the measuring axis direction as the scale grating displaces along the measuring axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Daniel Tobiason, Norman Laman, Akihide Kimura, Shu Hirata
  • Patent number: 10295378
    Abstract: An optical encoder configuration comprises a scale, an illumination source, and a photodetector configuration. The illumination source is configured to output structured illumination to the scale. The scale extends along a measuring axis direction and is configured to output scale light that forms a detector fringe pattern comprising periodic high and low intensity bands that extend over a relatively longer dimension along the measuring axis direction and are relatively narrow and periodic along a detected fringe motion direction transverse to the measuring axis direction. The high and low intensity bands move along the detected fringe motion direction transverse to the measuring axis direction as the scale grating displaces along the measuring axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Daniel Tobiason, Norman Laman, Akihide Kimura, Shu Hirata
  • Patent number: 10297011
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of anonymization of digital images through elimination of the Photo-Response Non Uniformity noise pattern which is unique to the imaging sensor and latent in all digital images taken by digital cameras or devices with imaging sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignees: ULUDAG UNIVERSITESI TTO
    Inventors: Ahmet Emir Dirik, Ahmet Karakucuk
  • Patent number: 10295337
    Abstract: A surface texture measuring apparatus includes an X axis displacement mechanism and a Y axis displacement mechanism displacing a measurable object having an interior wall along an XY plane; a measurement sensor measuring a surface texture of the interior wall without contact; a Z axis displacement mechanism displacing the measurement sensor in a Z axis direction orthogonal to the XY plane and bringing the measurement sensor to face the interior wall; a W axis displacement mechanism displacing the measurement sensor facing the interior wall in a normal direction of the interior wall; and a ? axis displacement mechanism displacing the measurement sensor facing the interior wall along the interior wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: MITUTOYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sadayuki Matsumiya, Shuichi Kamiyama, Hidemitsu Asano, Hiroshi Sakai, Hiromu Maie, Yoshihiko Takahashi, Masanori Arai, Ken Motohashi
  • Patent number: 10281834
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an optical scanning device includes a board and a light receiving member, the positional accuracy of which is improved. When a length in a scanning direction and a length in an intersection direction of a body portion of the light receiving member are denoted by Lx0 and Ly0, respectively, and a length in the scanning direction and a length in the intersection direction of a through-hole formed in the board are denoted by Lx1 and Ly1, respectively, the lengths Lx0, Ly0, Lx1, and Ly1 satisfy the following formula: (Lx1?Lx0)>(Ly1?Ly0).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Jun Nagatoshi, Mitsuhiro Ohta, Shunsuke Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10281701
    Abstract: Microscope and method for high resolution scanning microscopy of a sample, wherein the sample is illuminated; at least one point spot or line spot, which is guided in a scanning manner over the sample, is imaged into a still image; wherein the spot is imaged in a diffraction limited manner into the still image with magnification, and the still image lies still in a plane of detection; the still image is detected for different scan positions with a spatial resolution, which, taking into consideration the magnification, is at least twice as high as a full width at half maximum of the diffraction-limited still image, so that a diffraction pattern of the still image is detected; the diffraction pattern of the still image is evaluated for each scan position, and an image of the sample is generated that has a resolution that is increased beyond the diffraction limit, wherein a detector array is provided that has pixels and is larger than the still image; and radiation of the still image from the plane of detecti
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Microscopy GmbH
    Inventors: Ingo Kleppe, Yauheni Novikau, Ralf Netz, Michael Golles, Gunther Lorenz, Christoph Nieten
  • Patent number: 10247930
    Abstract: A resolution enhancement technique for a line scanning confocal microscopy system that generates vertical and horizontal line scanning patterns onto a sample is disclosed. The line scanning confocal microscopy system is capable of producing line scanning patterns through the use of two alternative pathways that generate either the vertical line scanning pattern or horizontal line scanning pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America, as Represented by the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services
    Inventors: Hari Shroff, Andrew York, John Giannini, Abhishek Kumar
  • Patent number: 10234670
    Abstract: Implementations of piezoelectric operated microscope focusing devices may include: a first block, having a first side and a second side, the first side coupled to a body of a microscope through four or more screws. The device may also include a second block, having a first surface, a second surface, and a side surface. The side surface may be coupled to the second side of the first block. The second surface of the second block may be configured to couple with an objective of the microscope. A piezoelectric operated microscope focusing device may also include an opening on the first surface of the second block. The opening may be configured to couple to an illuminator of a microscope. The opening may have a substantially rounded portion and an adapter orientated substantially perpendicular to the first block of the device. The adapter may include dove tail projections and mounting screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Hikari Instruments, LLC
    Inventor: Timothy Horner
  • Patent number: 10225453
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus comprises an image sensor that acquires image data of a physical object, an imaging position change controller that changes imaging position of the image sensor, a memory that stores position of the image sensor that has been changed by the imaging position change controller and control data for controlling imaging conditions at the time of imaging by the image sensor, and a communication circuit that carries out communication with an external terminal, wherein the communication circuit performs communication to carry out positional and imaging control in accordance with position of the image sensor and the imaging conditions that have been stored in the memory, and communicates information that has been acquired as a result of imaging by the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Masao Shimao, Norihiko Ozaki
  • Patent number: 10215553
    Abstract: Embodiments described include a system comprising a position sensing device (PSD) and a light source. The light source is configured to, by passing one or more light beams through the PSD, cause one or more electrical currents to flow through the PSD. The system further comprises a processor, configured to (i) in response to the electrical currents, ascertain an amount of power that is delivered by the light source, and (ii) in response to the amount of power exceeding a threshold amount of power, inhibit the light source from further operation. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jawad Nawasra, Matthew C. Waldon, Scott T. Smith, Thomas M. Gregory
  • Patent number: 10197595
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of positioning a probe of an atomic force microscope (AFM) includes using a dual probe configuration in which two probes are fabricated with a single base, yet operate independently. Feedback control is based on interaction between the reference probe and surface, giving an indication of the location of the surface, with this control being modified based on the difference in tip heights of the two probes to allow the sensing probe to be positioned relative to the sample at a range less than 10 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Bruker Nano, Inc.
    Inventor: Chanmin Su
  • Patent number: 10187548
    Abstract: Example implementations relate to streak compensation. Some examples may calibrate an initial gain for data from an optical element based on a scan of a first calibration target, obtain an image of a second calibration target from the optical element using the calibrated initial gain, and detect at least one streak in the image of the second calibration target. Some examples may also record data representing the at least one detected streak and may calibrate a final gain for the optical element based on the initial gain and the data representing the at least one detected streak.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Choon Hwee Yap
  • Patent number: 10168518
    Abstract: Provided is a laser scanning microscope including a stage on which a sample is placed, an objective lens that is disposed below the stage and that focuses laser light from a light source onto the sample, a scanner that scans the laser light focused by the objective lens over the sample, a condenser lens disposed opposite the objective lens with the stage interposed therebetween, and a light blocking cover that is disposed in an optical path between the condenser lens and the stage and that blocks external light entering the objective lens or the condenser lens from above the sample via the stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yusuke Amano, Susumu Honda
  • Patent number: 10168189
    Abstract: An optical encoder configuration comprises an illumination portion, a scale, and a photodetector configuration. The illumination portion transmits source light to a scale which outputs a periodic scale light pattern to the photodetector configuration. The photodetector configuration comprises a set of N spatial phase detectors arranged in a spatial phase sequence along a direction transverse to the measuring axis comprising two outer spatial phase detectors at a start and end of the sequence along the direction transverse to the measuring axis. At least a majority of the respective spatial phase detectors are relatively elongated along the measuring axis direction and relatively narrow along the direction perpendicular to the measuring axis direction, and comprise periodic scale light receptor areas positioned corresponding to a respective spatial phase of that spatial phase detector relative to the periodic scale light pattern, and are configured to provide a respective spatial phase detector signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Daniel Tobiason, Akihide Kimura, Shu Hirata
  • Patent number: 10151916
    Abstract: An optical scanning observation apparatus includes a light emission timing controller, a fiber, a driver, a photodetector, an offset processor that corrects an offset value based on an electrical signal output by the photodetector while a light emission timing controller suspends light emission of a light source, and a signal processor that generates an image signal based on the electrical signal for which the offset value was corrected by the offset processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Mori, Ken Fujinuma
  • Patent number: 10147201
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of determining the absolute direction of an object of a scene (1), with a predetermined desired performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventor: Alain Simon
  • Patent number: 10139735
    Abstract: A method of modifying a lithographic apparatus comprising an illumination system for providing a radiation beam, a support structure for supporting a patterning device to impart the radiation beam with a pattern in its cross-section, a first lens for projecting the radiation beam at the patterning device with a first magnification, a substrate table for holding a substrate, and a first projection system for projecting the patterned radiation beam at a target portion of the substrate with a second magnification. The first lens and the first projection system together provide a third magnification. The method comprises reducing by a first factor the first magnification to provide a second lens for projecting the radiation beam with a fourth magnification; and increasing by the first factor the second magnification to provide a second projection system for projecting the patterned radiation beam at the target portion of the substrate with a fifth magnification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Johannes Jacobus Matheus Baselmans, Hans Butler, Christiaan Alexander Hoogendam, Sander Kerssemakers, Bart Smeets, Robertus Nicodemus Jacobus Van Ballegoij, Hubertus Petrus Leonardus Henrica Van Bussel
  • Patent number: 10129424
    Abstract: An image reading device includes an imaging device to capture an image of a document placed below the imaging device to generate a document image and output an image signal based on the document image, circuitry to determine a size of a fed-sheet based on information on the fed-sheet, the fed-sheet being a sheet to be formed with the document image, generate a frame image for the document image, the frame image having a size equal to the size of the fed-sheet, and synthesize the frame image with the image signal output from the imaging device to generate a synthesized image, and a display to display the synthesized image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayuki Yabuuchi, Naoki Asaba, Hideki Hashimoto, Hiroshi Ishii, Ayumu Hashimoto, Atsushi Yoshida, Osamu Kizaki, Naoki Goh, Masafumi Kishi, Masaki Nagase
  • Patent number: 10120185
    Abstract: An image projection apparatus includes a light emission unit for emitting laser light; a light scanning unit for projecting an image on a drawing area by reflecting the light and scanning the reflected light; a light detection unit arranged outside of the drawing area; a detection unit for detecting, according to a deviation from a desired value of a first pixel detected by the light detection unit when the light is horizontally scanned in a first direction and a deviation from a desired value of a second pixel detected by the light detection unit when the light is horizontally scanned in a second direction, each of a phase deviation of the laser light in a horizontal scanning direction and a swing angle fluctuation of the light scanning unit; and a compensation unit configured to compensate for each of the phase deviation and the swing angle fluctuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUMI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuji Kimura, Toyoki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10107833
    Abstract: An atomic force microscope is to acquire sample information by a raster scanning of a cantilever with respect to a sample. The atomic force microscope includes a raster-scanning-information generator to generate raster scanning information including timing information. The timing information includes a first timing at which a relative speed between the cantilever and sample decreases lower than a threshold, and a second timing at which the relative speed increases higher than the threshold after the first timing. The atomic force microscope also includes a raster-scanning controller to control the raster scanning, and an interaction controller to decrease the strength of an interaction between the cantilever and sample at the first timing, and increase the strength of the interaction at the second timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Nobuaki Sakai