Extended Spacing Structure For Optical Elements Patents (Class 359/503)
  • Patent number: 10215212
    Abstract: This invention comprises an adaptor device for connecting an electronic device having a camera to a range of optical devices, including but not limited to binoculars, monoculars, riflescopes, spotting scopes, telescopes, and microscopes. This adaptor device has a plurality of protrusion that provide a self-centering and fitted connection between the electronic and optical device, so that the optical axes are aligned so that the user may take images or video on their electronic device through the optical device. The structure of the adaptor device allows the adaptor to fit a range of differently sized optical device, denoted by the diameter of the eyepiece end of the optical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Carson Optical, Inc.
    Inventor: Michelle Hyers
  • Patent number: 10168016
    Abstract: A transparent vehicle lamp includes at least one lens having a main body portion and a first light input portion. An optical axis extends through the main body portion in a front-rear direction. The main body portion has a reflecting surface intersecting with the optical axis, a coupling surface connected to a periphery of the reflecting surface and a light output surface spaced apart from the reflecting surface and the coupling surface along the optical axis such that the image of a scenery toward which the coupling surface faces is formed on the light output surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: T.Y.C. BROTHER INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ming-Chih Shih
  • Patent number: 9681797
    Abstract: A video endoscope including: a endoscope shaft; a hermetically enclosed video-optical unit arranged in the endoscope shaft, wherein the video-optical unit comprises an enclosure including a substantially cylindrical, hermetically sealed housing having a distally arranged entry window, an objective lens, an image sensor unit, and one or more signal lines, the housing being connected to an outer jacket tube in a rotationally fixed manner, wherein the image sensor unit is mounted in the housing rotatably about a longitudinal axis of the endoscope shaft and comprises at least one image sensor, wherein, in order to rotate the image sensor unit, a magnetic coupling with an outer magnet and an inner magnet operationally connected to the outer magnet in a magnetic manner, is arranged in the area of the distal tip of the endoscope shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Patrick Scherr, Andreas Braun
  • Patent number: 9618329
    Abstract: An optical inspection probe for obtaining and providing images of an object to be inspected. The optical inspection probe comprises an imaging assembly for capturing an image of an object and an illumination assembly for producing a light beam directed toward the object. The optical inspection probe is configured such that the light beam converges to a focal point at a first focal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: RENISHAW PLC
    Inventors: Nicholas John Weston, Alexander David McKendrick
  • Patent number: 9395545
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention generally relate to laser annealing systems with optics for imaging a pattern on a substrate. The optics may comprise an aperture or plurality of apertures which shape an image to be exposed on a surface of a substrate. The image may be determined by the shape of an aperture within the optics system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventor: Douglas E. Holmgren
  • Patent number: 9354444
    Abstract: An annular optical spacer includes an outer annular surface, an inner annular surface, a first side surface, a second side surface and a plurality of protruding structures. The inner annular surface surrounds a central axis of the annular optical spacer and is opposite to the outer annular surface. The first side surface connects the outer annular surface with the inner annular surface. The second side surface connects the outer annular surface with the inner annular surface and is opposite to the first side surface. The protruding structures are regularly disposed on the inner annular surface. Each of the protruding structures extends along a direction from the first side surface to the second side surface and is integrated with the inner annular surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: LARGAN PRECISION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Cheng-Feng Lin
  • Patent number: 9353929
    Abstract: A beam diffusing module including a light incident terminal, a light emitting terminal, a first reflective plate and a second reflective plate is provided. The first reflective plate and the second reflective plate are disposed on a transmission path of a laser beam. At least one of the first reflective plate and the second reflective plate has a plurality of reflective micorstructures. The reflective micorstructures are arranged along a second direction from the light incident terminal towards the light emitting terminal. At least a part of the laser beam enters the beam diffusing module through the light incident terminal and emerges from the light emitting terminals after being reflected repeatedly by the first reflective plate and the second reflective plate to cause an M squared of the laser beam to be redistributed along a first direction. A beam generating system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Yu-Chung Lin, Min-Kai Lee, Sung-Ho Liu
  • Patent number: 9289114
    Abstract: The present invention is generally directed toward a laryngoscope having a handle, a rigid tube, and an optical subassembly. The handle has a distal end and a proximate end. The tube is hollow and also has a distal end having a distal opening and a proximate end having a proximate opening. The optical subassembly includes a light source located within the handle, a power source located within the handle and in communication with the light source and a light carrier extending between the handle and the tube and in communication with the light source and providing light inside and along the entire length of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventor: Nilesh R. Vasan
  • Patent number: 9101944
    Abstract: A drive assembly for a centrifugal processing system is provided for rotating the yoke assembly (36) about a first axis at a first angular velocity and rotating the chamber assembly (30 coaxially with the yoke assembly at a second angular velocity A drive motor (54) is provided for rotating the yoke assembly at the first angular velocity and simultaneously rotating the chamber assembly at the second angular velocity by means of a stationary first gear (64), a second gear (68) mounted to the yoke assembly that operatively engages the first gear, a third gear (74) rotatably mounted to the yoke assembly so as to synchronously rotate with the second gear, and a fourth gear (76) fixed to the chamber assembly that operatively engages the third gear so as to rotate the chamber assembly (30) relative to the yoke assembly (36) upon rotation of the yoke assembly about the first gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Fenwal, Inc.
    Inventors: Salvatore J. Manzella, Gregory G. Pieper, Thimothy J. Getschman
  • Publication number: 20150098129
    Abstract: A system and method for focusing electromagnetic radiation is presented. A lens has an outside perimeter. A curved lens surface is located inside the outside perimeter. The curved lens surface is to bend at least one wavelength of electromagnetic energy passing through the curved surface. One (or more) mounting surface(s) are located between the outer perimeter and the curved lens surface. The mounting surface has at least one flat surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: BAE Systems Oasys LLC
    Inventor: Michael Couture
  • Publication number: 20150092270
    Abstract: An optical imaging lens includes a lens barrel, a front lens element, plural intermediate lens elements, and a rear lens element. The front lens element has a first central lens portion and a first assembly portion. The first assembly portion has a first front abutting section, a first front slanting surface section, and a first rear slanting surface section. Each of the intermediate lens elements has a second central lens portion and a second assembly portion. The second assembly portion has a second front slanting surface section and a second rear slanting surface section. The rear lens element has a third central lens portion and a third assembly portion. The third assembly portion has a third front slanting surface section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: Genius Electronic Optical Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Hui-Man Wang, Chien-Jui Lin, Chun-Lin Yeh
  • Publication number: 20140247488
    Abstract: A first lens includes, on end surfaces of both ends in a direction along an optical axis, a first lens surface, a second lens surface, lens outer edges formed on outer peripheral sides of the first and second lens surfaces, and a lens side surface that is adjacent to the lens outer edges and serves as an outermost surface in a direction orthogonal to the optical axis. The first lens is provided so as to be mountable on a lens holding frame. In the first lens, a first abutment surface provided within one plane orthogonal to the optical axis is provided on at least one of the lens outer edges. A second projection is formed on at least one of the lens outer edges so as to protrude in the direction along the optical axis from a position closer to an inner peripheral side than the lens side surface, and the second projection has a reference cylindrical surface provided in a fixed positional relationship with the optical axis in the direction orthogonal to the optical axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: NORIMITSU NAGAYAMA
  • Publication number: 20140063190
    Abstract: A camera lens is formed with a casing and a lens stack having at least one lens element, the lens stack arranged within the casing. A spring arrangement is pre-compressed to exert a clamping force between the casing and the lens stark basically in a direction of an optical axis of the at least one lens element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: CLAAS AGROSYSTEMS KGAA MBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: TOMMY ERTBOLLE MADSEN, SOEREN STEEN, KIM AMHILD
  • Publication number: 20140049687
    Abstract: An optical module for an electro-optical device with a functional element, in particular for a camera device, and to an electro-optical device with such a module. The optical module includes a lens substrate portion with at least one lens element, and a spacer. The spacer serves to keep the lens substrate at a well defined axial distance from a base substrate portion of the fully assembled electro-optical device. In order to ensure improved performance of the functional element, an EMC shield is provided. The spacer is at least in parts electrically conductive and thus forms the EMC shield or a part thereof. A method of manufacturing a plurality of such modules on a wafer scale is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: HEPTAGON Micro Optics Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Hartmut Rudmann
  • Publication number: 20140036365
    Abstract: A system includes a light detector, optics, a telescope camera mount, a plurality of spacers, and a retainer. The optics are configured to focus light on the light detector. The telescope camera mount is configured to at least partially support the optics. The plurality of spacers are positioned between the optics and the light detector. A retainer is coupled to the plurality of spacers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Lance T. Brown, Phil C. White, Christopher J. Stein
  • Publication number: 20140002902
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a plurality of optical devices comprising the steps of:—Providing a replication tool (1), the replication tool comprising a replication surface defining an array of replication cells, each replication cell comprising a lens replication portion (2) and a spacer replication portion (3), wherein the spacer replication portion on the replication tool is more indented than the lens replication portion,—Bringing the replication tool and a support (6) in contact with each other with replication material (11) between the replication surface and the support,—Causing the replication material to harden,—Wherein the lens replication sections are caused to be kept at a distance from the support when the support rests against the replication tool,—Removing the replication tool, and—Separating the hardened replication material into individual optical devices, each device having a replicated surface portion with a structure corresponding to a negative of a replication cell and comprising a spacer p
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: HEPTAGON MICRO OPTICS PTE. LTD.
    Inventor: Hartmut Rudmann
  • Publication number: 20130270441
    Abstract: Various techniques are disclosed for providing systems and methods for orienting one or more lenses or other optical elements in a lens sleeve. For example, a system may include a lens sleeve defining an interior lens cavity. A plurality of lens positioning features extend from the lens sleeve adjacent the interior lens cavity. A first lens is secured in the lens cavity at a first position relative to the lens sleeve. A first set of the lens positioning features are located at a second position relative to the lens sleeve, and a second set of the lens positioning features are located at a third position relative to the lens sleeve. A second lens engages either the first set or the second set of the plurality of lens positioning features depending on a desired distance between the first lens and the second lens.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: FLIR Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: FLIR Systems, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8542310
    Abstract: Provided is an imaging lens, in which a space holding portion is formed outside the effective aperture of one or both of junction type compound lenses facing each other in order to hold the space between the junction type compound lenses. A mating face formed on the space holding portion which is made of the same material as that of a lens portion is brought in direct contact with a mating face provided on the other among the junction type compound lenses facing each other at the position facing the mating face of the space holding portion, outside the effective aperture of the other junction type compound lens. Alternatively, mating faces which are formed on confronting surfaces of the space holding portions formed on the facing junction type compound lenses are brought in direct contact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Opto, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Oshitani, Yasunari Fukuta
  • Patent number: 8496338
    Abstract: A lens module includes a lens barrel, a first lens, a second lens, and a spacer. The lens barrel includes an object-side end and an image-side end opposite to the object-side end. The first lens is received in the lens barrel, and adjacent to the object-side end. The second lens is received in the lens barrel, and adjacent to the image-side end in relative to the first lens. The spacer is an annular plate, and includes an object-side surface, an image-side surface opposite to the object-side surface, and an inner sidewall. The spacer is positioned between the first lens and the second lens. The object-side surface faces the first lens, and the image-side surface faces the second lens. The intersection of the object-side surface and the inner sidewall forms a chamfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Wcube Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hung-Lung Ho, Sheng-Jung Yu, Tsung-Yu Lin
  • Publication number: 20130033751
    Abstract: A lens module includes a lens barrel, a first lens, a second lens, a third lens, and two spacers. The lens barrel includes an object-side end and an image-side end. The first, second, and third lenses are received in the lens barrel and arranged in that order from the object-side to the image-side. One of the two spacers is positioned between the first lens and the second lens, and the other of the two spacers is positioned between the second lens and the third lens. Each of the spacers is chamfered to prevent the ingress of unwanted light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: CHIEN-NAN LAI, HUNG-LUNG HO
  • Publication number: 20120314288
    Abstract: A lens module includes a first lens and a first spacer. The first lens includes a first optical portion and a first support portion surrounding the first optical portion. The first support portion includes a first upper surface facing an object side of the lens module and a first lower surface facing an image side of the lens module. The first lower surface includes a first annular portion, a slanted annular portion and an inner annular portion. The slanted annular portion is obliquely interconnected between the outer annular portion and the inner annular portion. The first annular portion and the inner annular portion are perpendicular to the optical axis of the lens module. The slanted annular portion faces inwardly of the first lens. The outer shield portion covers the first annular portion. The intermediate shield portion covers the slanted annular portion. The inner shield portion covers the inner annular portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: CHIEN-NAN LAI
  • Publication number: 20120307364
    Abstract: One embodiment may take the form of a system for reducing the appearance of optical effects in a display. The system may include an enclosure with a first surface and a second surface. Furthermore, the system may include spacers that may be deposited on the bottom face of the first surface and/or the top face of the second surface, where the first surface may be a touch panel and/or cover lens and the second surface may be a display module. The spacers may be deposited in one layer with an anti-reflection coating. The thickness of the coating may be less than the diameter of the spacers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Cheng Chen, John Z. Zhong, Wei Chen
  • Publication number: 20110249176
    Abstract: A wafer level lens module includes a first optical layer, a spacer layer and a second optical layer. The spacer layer is disposed upon the first optical layer, having a hole through the spacer layer for light passage, wherein a surface of the hole substantially avoids light reflection. And the second optical layer is disposed upon the spacer layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Inventor: Chuan-Ching Hsueh
  • Patent number: 7982949
    Abstract: An operation microscope includes a microscope body having an illumination optical system which illuminates a subject, a lens barrel, and a main observation optical system which observes the subject, an assistant's microscope unit attached to the microscope body, and a guide rail which is disposed in the lens barrel of the microscope body, and extends in a circumferential direction about a center of an optical axis of an objective lens of the microscope body. The assistant's microscope unit is disposed in the guide rail to be movable between a usage position and a non-usage position in a circumferential direction of the lens barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Topcon
    Inventor: Kazutoshi Takagi
  • Publication number: 20110102893
    Abstract: An adjustable optical mount adapted for use with an optical table defining a reference plane includes a hollow housing with openings in the side walls to allow passage of an optical beam therethrough, a gimbal base fixed on the top of the housing, a gimbal plate adjustably mounted under the gimbal base, and a carrier bracket fixed to the gimbal plate for holding preselected optical elements within the housing along the path of the beam. Adjustment mechanisms are provided to tilt and rotate the gimbal plate so as to align the optical element on a selected axis relative to the reference plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Inventors: Gregory Solyar, Walter Blumenfeld, Joseph D'Etremont
  • Publication number: 20110102661
    Abstract: Provided is an imaging lens, in which a space holding portion is formed outside the effective aperture of one or both of junction type compound lenses facing each other in order to hold the space between the junction type compound lenses. A mating face formed on the space holding portion which is made of the same material as that of a lens portion is brought in direct contact with a mating face provided on the other among the junction type compound lenses facing each other at the position facing the mating face of the space holding portion, outside the effective aperture of the other junction type compound lens. Alternatively, mating faces which are formed on confronting surfaces of the space holding portions formed on the facing junction type compound lenses are brought in direct contact with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Inventors: Hiroshi Oshitani, Yasunari Fukuta
  • Publication number: 20110102894
    Abstract: An optical component is provided. The optical component includes an optical-path portion including an arm-connecting portion and a lower portion, a first arm extending from a first end of the arm-connecting portion, and a second arm extending from a second end of the arm-connecting portion. The first arm has at least one resting feature and the second arm has at least one resting feature. The optical-path portion has an input surface. When the resting features of the first arm and the second arm are positioned on a top surface at short edges of a trench in a trench system, the optical-path portion is vertically aligned in the trench.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: James F. Detry, Thomas Ohnstein, Jennifer S. Strabley, Sean Moore
  • Publication number: 20110085239
    Abstract: The disclosure pertains to an optical apparatus, in particular for microlithography, that includes an optical module, a support structure and a connection apparatus. The connection apparatus includes at least one connection unit which includes a first connector part and a second connector part. The first connector part is connected to the optical module, and the second connector part is connected to the support structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Applicant: CARL ZEISS SMT GMBH
    Inventor: Yim-Bun Patrick Kwan
  • Publication number: 20110063487
    Abstract: Disclosed are a wafer-level lens array, a method of manufacturing a wafer-level lens array, a lens module, and an imaging unit that can prevent the influence of, for example, the shrinkage of a forming material, prevent the positional deviation between lenses when the wafer-level lens arrays overlap each other or when the wafer-level lens array overlaps an imaging element array, and be easily designed. A method of manufacturing a wafer-level lens array including a substrate unit and a plurality of lens units that is arranged on the substrate unit includes: forming the substrate unit; and integrally forming the lens units that are made of a resin having substantially the same optical characteristics as a material forming the substrate unit with the substrate unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Inventors: Daisuke Yamada, Ryo Matsuno
  • Publication number: 20100309368
    Abstract: Provided are a wafer-level lens module and an image pickup module including the same. The wafer lens module includes a plurality wafer-scale lenses. At least one of the plurality of wafer-scale lenses, such as a wafer-scale lens positioned toward an object side, includes a substrate and a glass lens element formed on one side of the substrate. The glass lens element may be a one-sided lens or a double-sided lens. When the glass lens is a double-sided lens, the substrate may have a through hole. The remaining wafer-scale lenses each include a substrate and polymer lens elements made of UV curable polymer and formed on both sides of the substrate. Also, spacers are interposed between the wafer-scale lenses, along the edge portions of the substrates, so as to maintain predetermined intervals between the wafer-scale lenses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Min-seog CHOI, Eun-sung LEE, Kyu-dong JUNG
  • Publication number: 20100284077
    Abstract: A miniature stacked glass lens module is disclosed. The miniature stacked glass lens module includes at least one stacked optical glass lens element, a lens holder and other optical element. The stacked optical glass lens element is formed by cutting along alignment notches on a glued and stacked optical glass lens array. Then the stacked optical glass lens element and other optical element are mounted into the lens holder to form a miniature stacked glass lens module. Thereby the precise alignment of the optical axis of the lens in the lens module can be achieved. The manufacturing processes of the lens module can be simplified dramatically and the manufacturing cost is reduced significantly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventors: San-Woei SHYU, Chih-Hsiung HUANG, Chien-Lin WU
  • Publication number: 20100277799
    Abstract: An optical support is disclosed. The optical support has at least two partial supports, each of which secure an optical component and are connected to each other by at least two connecting elements that are spaced apart planarly. The connecting elements are frictionally connected displaceable in an axial direction in matching associated connection openings via contact surfaces. The connecting elements and/or the connection openings have at least one recess in the contact surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Applicant: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Roman Steffen, Thomas Oehy, Hanspeter Nuesch
  • Publication number: 20100246000
    Abstract: An exemplary wafer level lens module array includes a first lens array, a second lens array above the first lens array, and a spacer array between the first and second lens arrays. The first lens array includes a number of first lenses, and two first aligning structures. The second lens array includes a number of second lenses, and two second aligning structures. The spacer array includes a number of through holes, and two third aligning structures. The first aligning structures respectively align with the third aligning structures, thereby the first lenses are coaxial with the respective the through holes. The second aligning structures respectively align with the third aligning structures, thereby the second lenses are coaxial with the respective through holes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: TAI-CHERNG YU
  • Publication number: 20100238550
    Abstract: A lens module fixing device for fixing lens module is disclosed. The lens module fixing device includes a fixing tray, a transparent and an air pumping device. The fixing tray includes a comprising a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface. The fixing tray defines a plurality of first through holes passing through the first surface and the second surface. The diameter of the end of the first through hole at the first surface is less than that of the end of each first through hole at the second surface. The covering is covered on the second surface of the fixing tray and defining an inner space together with the fixing tray. The air pumping device is connected to one of the fixing tray and the cover and in communication with the inner space for evacuating air from the inner space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: HSIANG-HUNG CHEN
  • Publication number: 20100188750
    Abstract: An optical control system including a mount for an optical component is disclosed that provides the flexibility of independently adjusting the position and orientation of the optical component along and about one or more axes. In an exemplary embodiment, the mount includes a support element for supporting the optical component; one or more rotational adjustment elements for rotating said support element independently about one or more axes, respectively; and one or more linear adjustment elements for moving said support element independently along one or more axes. The adjustment elements may be manually adjustable and/or may be adjustable by an actuator. In the latter case, the actuator may be electronically controlled by a controller. The optical component may be a reflective, transmissive, or reflective/transmissive optical device, such as diffraction gratings, mirrors, beam splitters, and others.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Applicant: NEWPORT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Heuser, Christopher Guerrero
  • Patent number: 7764381
    Abstract: A lighting device includes a light source unit which emits laser beam, an optical element which receives the laser beam and releases at least a part of the entering laser beam in a direction different from the entering direction of the laser beam as illumination light, and an illumination optical path unit which is bendable and transmits the laser beam emitted from the light source unit to the optical element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shunji Kamijima
  • Publication number: 20100165551
    Abstract: One embodiment may take the form of a system for reducing the appearance of optical effects in a display. The system may include an enclosure with a first surface and a second surface. Furthermore, the system may include spacers that may be deposited on the bottom face of the first surface and/or the top face of the second surface, where the first surface may be a touch panel and/or cover lens and the second surface may be a display module. The spacers may be deposited in one layer with an anti-reflection coating. The thickness of the coating may be less than the diameter of the spacers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Cheng Chen, John Z. Zhong, Wei Chen
  • Publication number: 20100128350
    Abstract: An image assembly may include a substrate having a face, a first optical layer and at least one spacer member. The imaging assembly may also include an anti-reflection structure. The at least one spacer member may be arranged between the substrate and the first optical layer to define an air gap therebetween. The anti-reflection structure may be coupled to at least part of the face and at least one of the first optical layer and the at least one spacer member. The anti-reflection structure may also include a plurality of projections having dimensions smaller than a wavelength of radiation to be imaged by the imaging assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Applicant: STMicroelectronics (Research & Development) Limited
    Inventors: Ewan FINDLAY, Colin MCGARRY
  • Patent number: 7715702
    Abstract: A lens adapter is disclosed. The lens adapter includes: an adapter ring having a flexible fitting portion and an installation portion in which an optical component is mounted, the fitting portions being fitted over a fitting engagement portion of a lens ring mounted around a lens portion facing a front surface of an imaging apparatus; and a lock ring fitted over an outer surface of the adapter ring, the lock ring being manipulated so as to be moved between a locked position where the lock ring is opposite to the fitting portions fitted over the fitting engagement portion and flexure of the fitting portions is prevented and an unlocked position where the lock ring is retracted from the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Nobumasa Sakurai
  • Publication number: 20100079635
    Abstract: An optical element module according to the present invention includes a plurality of optical elements laminated therein, each optical element including: an optical surface at a center portion thereof; and a spacer section having a predetermined thickness on an outer circumference side of the optical surface, wherein an adhesive is positioned on a further outer circumference side of the spacer section, and the upper optical element and the lower optical element are adhered to each other such that an inside and an outside of the adhesive are ventable through a ventilating section of the adhesive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Applicant: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuji YANO, Hiroshi YOKOTA, Shigeru YASUKAWA, Masahiro HASEGAWA, Aiji SUETAKE
  • Publication number: 20100073645
    Abstract: An optical unit includes a frame; an optical member having a rectangular plate-shape; and a pair of mount portions formed in the frame, each holding a side of the optical member. Each of the mount portions includes an insertion slot into which an end of the optical member in the width direction is inserted. The insertion slot is formed between first and second walls of the frame. The first wall includes a thickness direction positioning surface that is in contact with one of the surfaces of the optical member in a thickness direction. The second wall includes an inclined surface. The optical member is fixed to the frame using an adhesive in a state in which the one of the surfaces of the optical member is pressed against the thickness direction positioning surface and an end of the optical member in the height direction is pressed against the inclined surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Inventors: Takashi KUBOTA, Katumi Muramatu
  • Publication number: 20100073531
    Abstract: An optical element according to the present invention includes: an optical surface at a center portion thereof; a spacer section having a predetermined thickness on an outer circumference side of the optical surface; a support plate including one or a plurality of through holes penetrating a portion corresponding to the optical surface, provided inside a transparent resin material, wherein the support plate has light shielding characteristics, an outer circumference portion side of the through hole of the support plate is provided inside the spacer section, and the outer circumference portion side of the through hole is configured to be thicker than a further outer circumference portion side thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Applicant: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuji Yano, Norimichi Shigemitsu, Kengo Iwai
  • Publication number: 20100073533
    Abstract: An optical element according to the present invention includes: an optical surface at a center portion thereof; a spacer section having a predetermined thickness on an outer circumference side of the optical surface; a support plate including one or a plurality of through holes penetrating the optical surface, inside a transparent resin material; and a penetrating portion and/or a concave portion for releasing the resin material when forming resin, in a further outer peripheral portion of the support plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Applicant: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuji Yano, Takahiro Nakahashi, Tetsuya Tamiya
  • Publication number: 20100073534
    Abstract: An optical element according to the present invention includes: an optical surface at a center portion thereof; and a spacer section having a predetermined thickness on an outer circumference side of the optical surface, wherein a bottom portion for positioning an adhesive is provided on a further outer circumference side of the spacer section with a tapered portion interposed therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Applicant: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuji Yano, Kenji Hirano
  • Publication number: 20100073532
    Abstract: An optical element according to the present invention is provided, which comprises an optical surface at a center portion thereof; and a spacer section having a predetermined thickness on an outer circumference side of the optical surface, in which a surface height of the spacer section is configured to be higher than a surface height of the optical surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2009
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Applicant: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuji Yano, Shigeru Yasukawa
  • Publication number: 20100046073
    Abstract: An optical waveguide with a tubular or hose-like housing is provided, which is used in a high-temperature environment, such as, for example, in a burner. The housing has an input opening, an output opening and a centre line extending from the input opening to the output opening. In the interior of the housing, transparent spheres are lined up along with centre line. The light is guided on account of the refraction of a light beam upon entering and exiting from the transparent spheres.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2007
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventors: Gilbert Braun, Volker Ertle, Christian Henke, Gülsen Kisaboyun, Andreas Pahl, Bernd Prade, Uwe Scheuer, Wolfgang Stammen, Edmund Zastrozny
  • Publication number: 20090109533
    Abstract: System and method for modifying an optical assembly with another image modifying device by using an adapter assembly to connect or couple three image modifying devices together. The adapter assembly includes two adapters that have collars to hold a night vision monocular between them, and to each connect with a camera and lens, respectively, modifying a camera-lens assembly for use in night time photo surveillance. Attachment members on each adapter may include mechanical and/or electrical connectors to couple or connect the adapters to each other, and/or to electrically connect the camera with the lens.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventors: Michael Laganas, Charles Ronald Musgrove
  • Patent number: 7452489
    Abstract: A conductive material comprising a V2O5—P2O5 glass and a second phase dispersed in the V2O5—P2O5 glass, wherein the second phase contains a crystalline V and O compound and a crystalline metal phosphate compound. The crystalline V and O compound is at least one of V2O5, V4O9, V2O4, and V2O3. The metal phosphate compound is a phosphate compound of transition metal or alkaline-earth metal. In a visual display device, glass spacers are bonded to glass panels with the conductive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Hitachi Displays, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuichi Sawai, Osamu Shiono, Takashi Namekawa, Takashi Naitou, Mitsuo Hayashibara, Hiroshi Ito, Akira Hatori, Nobuhiko Hosotani
  • Patent number: 7408727
    Abstract: A lens holder holds a plurality of lenses aligned in a direction of an optical axis. This lens holder is at least partially assembled from subunits divided on a plane that includes the optical axis. In a connecting shell that connects a first shell and a second shell and holds an optical element for bending an optical path, an optical path of only one subunit is effectively used. The connecting shell includes a first connecting structure for connecting to the first shell and second connecting structures for connecting to the second shell, the second connecting structures being disposed at two symmetrical positions around the first optical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Nittoh Kogaku K.K.
    Inventors: Takuya Kageyama, Takashi Yamaguchi, Atsuro Yajima
  • Publication number: 20080151250
    Abstract: A lighting device includes a light source unit which emits laser beam, an optical element which receives the laser beam and releases at least a part of the entering laser beam in a direction different from the entering direction of the laser beam as illumination light, and an illumination optical path unit which is bendable and transmits the laser beam emitted from the light source unit to the optical element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shunji KAMIJIMA