With Diverse Refracting Element Patents (Class 359/737)
  • Patent number: 9775610
    Abstract: A surgical device includes a jaw assembly, an articulating assembly and a drive shaft. The jaw assembly includes first and second jaws. The articulating assembly is removably coupled to a proximal end of the jaw assembly and includes a distal joint member, a proximal joint member, and a pivot pin. The pivot pin is fixedly coupled to the distal joint member and is rotatably coupled to the proximal joint member. The jaw assembly and the distal joint member together define a first longitudinal axis. The proximal joint member defines a second longitudinal axis. The drive shaft includes a gear element that is meshingly engaged with a pivoting gear element that is fixedly coupled to the pivot pin. Longitudinal movement of the first drive shaft pivots the jaw assembly relative to the proximal joint member about a pivot axis defined by the pivot pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: David A. Nicholas, Paul A. Scirica, Justin Williams, Kevin Slisz
  • Patent number: 9372342
    Abstract: Provided is an optical fingerprint acquisition apparatus. The fingerprint acquisition apparatus has an improved optical lens unit and can correct distortion of an image caused by a light refractor. The optical lens unit includes two cylindrical lenses disposed so that an optical axis of incident light does not coincide with a central axis of the lenses. The optical lens unit corrects an image that is distorted into a rectangle by a light refractor, thereby restoring a square shape. In particular, the fingerprint acquisition apparatus is useful in the simultaneous acquisition of multiple fingerprints as well as the acquisition of a single fingerprint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: UNION COMMUNITY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yo-shik Shin, Geum-yong Kim
  • Patent number: 9094656
    Abstract: Method in which a component image associated with a primary color of green hue is processed in a suitable manner to reduce the spatial frequencies corresponding to the transition zones in this component image and in which a plurality of component images including the processed component image are successively displayed. Thanks to the invention, the color break-up defects are noticeably reduced. The invention applies especially to anti-piracy image display methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Pascal Bourdon, Sylvain Thiebaud, Jean-Jacques Sacre
  • Patent number: 9019342
    Abstract: A wide-angle lens having a field angle larger than 180 degrees includes, in order from an object side to an image side, a front group, a reflection surface, and a back group, wherein the front group includes three lenses having a negative refractive power, the reflection surface is configured to curve an optical axis of the front group at 90 degrees toward the back group, the back group includes four lenses having a positive refractive power, a front principle point is set between a second lens and a third lens from the object side in the front group, and a focal length of an entire system f and a distance between an intersection of the reflection surface and the optical axis of the front group and the front principle point d satisfy the following condition (1) 7.0<d/f<9.0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Satoh, Noriyuki Terao, Yoshiaki Irino, Tomonori Tanaka, Nozomi Imae, Toru Harada, Hirokazu Takenaka, Hideaki Yamamoto, Kensuke Masuda, Satoshi Sawaguchi, Daisuke Bessho
  • Patent number: 8995062
    Abstract: Projection lens having improved properties such as a high throughput are described. In one embodiment, a projection lens is described comprising in sequential order from a screen side a first lens group, a second lens group of positive refractive power, and a third lens group of positive refractive power. At least one lens group has an aspheric surface. The ratio of the focal length of the projection lens (F) to the focal length of each of the lens groups (F1, F2, and F3) is such that |F1/F|>5, 0.5<|F2/F|<0.9, and 1<F3/F<8. In another embodiment, a projection lens is described comprising in sequential order from a screen side a first lens group, a second lens group of positive refractive power, and a third lens group of positive refractive power. At least one lens group has an aspheric surface. The ratio of the focal length of the projection lens (F) to the focal length of each of the lens groups (F1, F2, and F3) is such that |F1/F|>5, 0.5<|F2/F|<2.0, and 1.4<F3/F<8.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Zhisheng Yun, Stephen J. Willett
  • Publication number: 20150077869
    Abstract: An optical apparatus for delivering to a flow-cell of a flow-cytometer a plurality of beams of laser radiation each thereof having a different wavelength. The apparatus includes a dispersion compensation-prism and a plurality of directing-prisms equal in number to the number of laser-beam. The directing-prisms are arranged to direct the laser radiation beams directly therethrough into the dispersion compensation-prism as converging fan of beams in a first plane. The beams are transmitted by the compensation-prism as a converging fan of beams intersecting then proceeding as a diverging fan of beams in the first plane. A spherical focusing lens is arranged cooperative with a cylindrical lens for focusing the plurality of laser-beams as a plurality of spaced apart elongated focal spots in a plane in which the cytometer flow-cell is located.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Lei MENG, Jordan Wesley CRIST, Michele Wayne WINZ, James SCHLOSS
  • Patent number: 8902512
    Abstract: An imaging lens assembly comprises a fixing diaphragm and an optical set including five lenses. An arranging order from an object side to an image side is: a first lens; the fixing diaphragm; a second lens; a third lens; a fourth lens; and a fifth lens. At least one surface of the five lenses is aspheric. By the concatenation between the lenses and the adapted curvature radius, thickness/interval, refractivity, and Abbe numbers, the assembly attains a big diaphragm with wide-angle, a shorter height, and a better optical aberration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Ability Opto-Electronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hung-wen Lee
  • Publication number: 20140313377
    Abstract: Disclosed is a lens system for removable connection to a portable programmable device which includes a camera. This lens system can be arranged in various embodiments to modify the field of view experienced by this camera, and in specific embodiments can modify the direction of this cameras field of view. The device can also be used to provide software capable of executing on a portable programmable device, in addition to providing a light pipe to redirects light used as a photographic flash in applications where it modifies the direction of view of a camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Mark Ross HAMPTON
  • Patent number: 8848295
    Abstract: Gradient index lenses with no aberrations and related methods for making such lenses are described. In one aspect, a gradient index lens can be a substantially spherically-shaped lens that has at least one side that is flattened such that a locus of focal points resides on a plane. A method for making a gradient index lens can include forming material layers, each of the material layers defining an effective refractive index, and laminating the material layers together to form a substantially spherically-shaped lens having at least one side that is flattened to a substantially planar surface. The material layers can have a gradient refractive index distribution such that a locus of focal points resides on the substantially planar surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Duke University
    Inventors: David R. Smith, Nathan B. Kundtz
  • Patent number: 8848299
    Abstract: An optical module (10) comprises a positive meniscus lens (16) having a focal length F1 and comprising a first convex optical surface (12) and a second concave optical surface (20), and a plano-convex lens (22) having a focal length F1 and comprising a third flat optical surface (24) and a fourth convex optical surface (26) from an object side (12) to an image side (14). The curvatures of the four optical surfaces (12, 20, 24, 26) are defined by the equation: Zi=CURViYi2/(1+(1+Ki)CURVi2Yi2)½)+(Ai)Yi2+(Bi)Yi4+(Ci)Yi6+(Di)Yi8, and the two lenses are defined by 0.35<F1/F2<0.90, 0.30<Conv2/Conv<0.70, and 0.50<M1/M2<1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: AO Ether Corporation
    Inventors: Xiaoxiong Qiu, Jean-Pierre Lusinchi
  • Patent number: 8830590
    Abstract: A unit magnification Wynn-Dyson lens for microlithography has an image field sized to accommodate between four and six die of dimensions 26 mm×36 mm. The lens has a positive lens group that consists of either three or four refractive lens elements, with one of the lens elements being most mirror-wise and having a prism-wise concave aspheric surface. Protective windows respectively reside between object and image planes and the corresponding prism faces. The lens is corrected for at least the i-line LED wavelength spectrum or similar LED-generated wavelengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Ultratech, Inc.
    Inventor: David G. Stites
  • Publication number: 20140139934
    Abstract: A lens, such as a lens for use in a wafer-level camera, is made by forming a polymeric material with at least one master to form a pre-final lens. The pre-final lens forms a majority of a final volume of the lens. The pre-final lens is allowed to harden, during which it may sag or shrink. An aliquot of polymeric material is added to the lens and formed with the same master with a spacer, or with a second master, to form a first surface layer that provides correction between the pre-final lens shape and a final desired lens shape. In an embodiment, the surface layer has similar or identical index of refraction to the pre-final lens. In an embodiment the lens is formed on a substrate. In an embodiment, a send master, or master pair, are used to form a lens having upper and lower curvature, with a second aliquot of polymeric material forming a second surface layer on a surface of the lens opposite to the first surface layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: OmniVision Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. Gallagher, Regis S. Fan
  • Publication number: 20140133039
    Abstract: A lens barrel includes a first lens disposed on a first optical axis, a bending optical element configured to bend a light flux incident from a direction of the first optical axis toward a direction of a second optical axis extending in a direction different from the direction of the first optical axis, and a holding member configured to hold the bending optical element, wherein, when the lens barrel shifts from a photographing state to a retracted state, the holding member holding the bending optical element moves along the second optical axis while rotating around a rotational axis extending in a direction different from the directions of the first optical axis and the second optical axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Nobuyoshi Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20140071539
    Abstract: Optical systems such as image display systems include a freeform optical waveguide prism and a freeform compensation lens spaced therefrom by a gap of air or index cement. The compensation lens corrects for aberrations which the optical waveguide prism will introduce in light or images from an ambient real-world environment. The optical waveguide prism receives actively projected images at an entry location, and emits the projected images at an exit location after internally reflecting the images along an optical path therein. The image display system may include an image source and coupling optics. The approach permits design of an optical viewing device, for example in optical see-through HMDs, achieving an eyeglass-form appearance and a wide see-through field of view (FOV).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventor: Chunyu Gao
  • Publication number: 20140072267
    Abstract: An optical waveguide system includes a substrate, a cladding layer arranged on the substrate, a core layer arranged on the cladding layer, and a lens-prism patterned in the core material, the lens-prism comprising a Fresnel lens portion, and a Fresnel prism portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Douglas M. Gill
  • Publication number: 20140037245
    Abstract: An optical probe is provided. The optical probe includes a lens extending along an axis between a first end and a second end. A spacer extends along the axis between a first end and a second end. The first end of the spacer is connected to the second end of the lens. A prism is connected to the second end of the spacer such that the prism is spaced apart from the lens by the spacer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventor: Matthew A. Sinclair
  • Patent number: 8638506
    Abstract: A photographic optical system includes, in order from an object side to an image side, a first lens unit having positive refractive power, a second lens unit having negative refractive power configured to move in an optical axis direction to perform focusing, and a third lens unit having positive or negative refractive power, wherein the position of an optical element (A) satisfies a predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kaoru Eguchi
  • Patent number: 8593741
    Abstract: An optical system includes a positive lens unit, wherein the positive lens unit includes an optical element containing a base material and minute particles that are mixed with the base material and have Abbe number that is lower than that of the base material, and the minute particles are higher in density at a peripheral portion of the optical element than on an optical axis of the optical element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Keiichiro Ishihara
  • Patent number: 8526126
    Abstract: An objective is described consisting of a monolithic body of a material at least partly transparent for a part of an electromagnetic spectrum, and whose surfaces include a first optical refractive functional area serving as entrance area through which electromagnetic radiation can enter the objective, a second optical reflective functional area serving as a first mirror, a third optical reflective functional area serving as a second mirror, a fourth optical reflective functional area serving as a third mirror, a fifth optical reflective functional area serving as a fourth mirror, and a sixth optical refractive functional area serving as an exit area through which electromagnetic radiation can exit the objective, wherein the first to sixth optical functional areas are implemented such that a center shading-free, folded optical path extends from the entrance area through the monolithic body via first to fourth mirrors to the exit area, wherein no intermediate image level is located in the same between the entra
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foedrderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Kristof Seidl, Jens Knobbe
  • Patent number: 8441726
    Abstract: Light from an optical fiber is incident on a frequency dispersion element. The frequency dispersion element disperses the incident light into light beams in different directions according to their frequencies and directs the dispersed light beams to a lens. The lens develops the incident light beams over an xy plane according to their frequencies in a strip-like form. A frequency selective element has pixels arranged in a frequency dispersion direction and brings pixels located at positions corresponding to the frequency to be selected into a reflective state. A light beam selected by the frequency selective element is emitted from an optical fiber through the same path. By changing reflection characteristics of the frequency selective element according to each pixel, optical filter characteristics can be desirably changed so as to achieve change of passband width and frequency shift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Santec Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuki Sakurai
  • Publication number: 20130112238
    Abstract: A condensing lens includes a lens body and a prism structure. The lens body has a first surface and a second surface opposite to each other. The prism structure is disposed on the second surface of the lens body and has a plurality of annular prism units. The prism structure has at least two focuses in accordance with the annular prism units, and the focuses are distributed on a plane which is parallel to the first surface of the lens body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Inventors: Ming-Hsiung LAI, Yu-Hsiang Jiang, You-Chi Chen
  • Patent number: 8430537
    Abstract: A total-internal-reflection (TIR) lens for color mixing includes a body member having an outer surface and an interior open channel extending longitudinally through the body member. The body member and the interior open channel are substantially symmetric with respect to an optical axis, and the outer surface is shaped to provide total internal reflection. The body member has a first end surface region at a first end of the open channel for accommodating a light source and a second end surface region opposite the first end region. The second end surface region includes a plurality of refractive surface regions positioned around the second end region of the open channel. The lens is configured to provide projected light substantially centered with respect to the optical axis when the light source is positioned off the optical axis. In a specific embodiment, a lighting apparatus for providing centered white light includes such a lens and a plurality of light sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Ledengin, Inc.
    Inventors: Wu Jiang, Xiantao Yan, Zequn Mei
  • Patent number: 8422143
    Abstract: A retrofocus wide-angle lens system is provided, wherein the entire the wide-angle lens system is divided at a position that satisfies the following condition (1) between a theoretical front lens group having a negative refractive power, and a theoretical rear lens group having a positive refractive power including the diaphragm, at a minimum focal length, and wherein a flat parallel plate is disposed at the position that satisfies the following condition (1): 1.2<|fF/f|<4.0 . . . (1), wherein fF designates the focal length of the theoretical front lens group having a negative refractive power, and f designates the focal length of the entire the wide-angle lens system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Pentax Ricoh Imaging Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Masakazu Saori
  • Patent number: 8416508
    Abstract: An imaging device is provided with an imaging sensor having a rectangular imaging surface, an image-forming optical system for forming an image onto the imaging surface, and a prism disposed between the image-forming optical system and the imaging sensor for bending an optical path. A mask, having a rectangular opening, limits light that is to be incident on the imaging sensor. The aspect ratio (long side/short side) of the mask rectangular opening of the mask is larger than that of the rectangular imaging surface, and the peripheral light quantity difference between the short and long sides on the rectangular imaging surface is smaller than in the case of these two aspect ratios being equal to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Hoya Corporation
    Inventors: Masakazu Saori, Koichiro Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 8416396
    Abstract: The invention extends classical time-invariant optical design to include optical amplitude modulated light, using tools from communications theory. Effects of dispersion are derived from first principles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Inventor: David H. Parker
  • Patent number: 8405914
    Abstract: A zoom lens includes: a first lens group with a positive refractive power, including a reflection optical element; a second lens group with a negative refractive power; a third lens group with a positive refractive power; a fourth lens group with a positive refractive power; and a fifth lens group with a negative refractive power. A power of the zoom lens varies by moving the second lens group, the fourth lens group, and the fifth lens group along an optical axis. A negative lens in the first lens group or a positive lens in the second lens group satisfies the predetermined conditions relating to a refractive index and an Abbe number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Opto, Inc.
    Inventor: Atsushi Yamashita
  • Patent number: 8395854
    Abstract: An imaging optical system, including an imaging lens group, an image side prism having an entrance surface a reflection surface and an exit surface from which light exits toward an image pickup device, and a first shielding member shielding at least a part of a region on the entrance surface, wherein the region on the entrance surface is located from an edge line of an apex between the entrance surface and the exit surface to a position corresponding to a height h from the edge line, and when L represents a length of the exit surface, ? represents an angle formed between the reflection surface and the exit surface, n represents a refractive index of a surrounding area of the image side prism, and n? represents a refractive index of the image side prism, the height h satisfies a following condition: h=L×cos {?+sin?1(n/n?)}.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Hoya Corporation
    Inventors: Yutaka Takakubo, Eijiroh Tada
  • Publication number: 20130051209
    Abstract: An objective lens for optical pickup and an optical pickup apparatus having the same are provided. The objective lens for optical pickup includes a light source side lens surface and a disc side lens surface. The light source side lens surface and the disc side lens surface each include an effective region disposed at a central region of the objective lens and a non-effective region disposed outside the effective region. An optical path changing element, disposed in the non-effective region of at least one of the light source side lens surface and the disc side lens surface, changes a path of light incident thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seong-su PARK, Soo-han PARK, Woo-chang CHUN
  • Patent number: 8373774
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes a zoom lens, and an image pickup element having an image pickup surface which receives optically an image formed by the zoom lens, and which converts the image received to an electric signal. The image pickup apparatus satisfies the following conditional expressions (1) Lv 1 Er/Lv 1 EL<0.49, (2) 0.93<Lv 1 Ef/IHs, and (3) Lv 1 Ef/Lv 1 Er<0.99.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Imaging Corp.
    Inventors: Takeshi Hosoya, Masahito Watanabe, Tomoyuki Satori, Eiji Shirota
  • Publication number: 20130033680
    Abstract: An imaging optical system includes a lens unit that includes a plurality of optical elements, and an optical path combining portion that includes a flat plate disposed so as to be inclined with respect to an optical axis of the lens unit, and the lens unit includes a correction portion that has a shape asymmetric with respect to the optical axis in a cross section that is parallel to both a normal of the flat plate and the optical axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuhiro INOKO
  • Publication number: 20130021675
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a lens or objective for a camera, more particularly for a digital camera, comprising a housing, an actuating element arranged on the housing, and a lens element system that can be set into a plurality of settings, wherein the lens element system is embodied in such a way that in at least one setting an f-number is F?3. The lens element system is furthermore embodied in such a way that an actuation of the actuating element brings about a movement of two optical elements relative to one another, such that an intersection length difference of the lens element system can be set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventors: Dirk Jahn, Vladan Blahnik
  • Publication number: 20120327523
    Abstract: A concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) system for solar power generation incorporating an array of receiving elements in a panel with optical receiving components designed to accept light from an angle offset from the normal optical axis of the placement of the panel. The offset angle is approximately equal to the difference in the mean position of the sun, and the installed angle of the panel thereby enabling the elements to effectively point directly at the sun even if the angle of the sun is outside the limited angular rotation of the solar tracking system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventor: Andrew Tomlinson
  • Patent number: 8325422
    Abstract: A zoom lens disposed between an object side and an image side and including a first, second, third, and fourth lens group is provided. The first lens group has a negative refractive power and includes a first lens and a prism arranged in sequence from the object side to the image side. The first lens is an aspheric lens. A distance between the first lens and the prism is L, an effective focal length of the zoom lens at a wide-end is fw, and 1.58<L/fw<1.88. The second lens group disposed between the first lens group and the image side has a positive power and includes a first double cemented lens. The third lens group disposed between the second lens group and the image side has a negative power and includes a second double cemented lens. The fourth lens group has a positive power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Young Optics Inc.
    Inventors: Kuo-Chuan Wang, Hsin-Te Chen
  • Publication number: 20120200943
    Abstract: A lens, such as a lens for use in a wafer-level camera, is made by forming a polymeric material with at least one master to form a pre-final lens. The pre-final lens forms a majority of a final volume of the lens. The pre-final lens is allowed to harden, during which it may sag or shrink An aliquot of polymeric material is added to the lens and formed with the same master with a spacer, or with a second master, to form a first surface layer that provides correction between the pre-final lens shape and a final desired lens shape. In an embodiment, the surface layer has similar or identical index of refraction to the pre-final lens. In an embodiment the lens is formed on a substrate. In an embodiment, a send master, or master pair, are used to form a lens having upper and lower curvature, with a second aliquot of polymeric material forming a second surface layer on a surface of the lens opposite to the first surface layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventors: Dennis J. Gallagher, Regis S. Fan
  • Publication number: 20120147593
    Abstract: Light redirecting film is disclosed. The light redirecting film includes a first major surface that includes a plurality of first microstructures that extend along a first direction. The light redirecting film also includes a second major surface that is opposite to the first major surface and includes a plurality of second microstructures. The second major surface has an optical haze that is in a range from about 4% to about 20% and an optical clarity that is in a range from about 20% to about 60%. The light redirecting film has an average effective transmission that is not less than about 1.55.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Robert A. Yapel, Mitchell A.F. Johnson, Tri D. Pham, Joseph T. Aronson, Steven D. Solomonson, Scott R. Kaytor, Steven J. Mcman, Fei Lu, Steven H. Kong, Stah Jendoubi, Gary T. Boyd
  • Patent number: 8179603
    Abstract: An optical element that has a fine textured structure formed on an exit surface thereof. The fine textured structure satisfies the following conditions: ?min/1.71nsub<p<?min/2 and 0.6?min<h<1.5?min, where ?min is the shortest wavelength used in the optical element, nsub is the refractive index of a substrate on which the fine textured structure is formed, p is the pitch of the fine textured structure, and h is the height of the fine textured structure. The textured structure includes a part where some rays incident parallel to the optical axis are totally reflected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takeharu Okuno
  • Patent number: 8169709
    Abstract: A high performance zoom lens system suitable for use with a camera is disclosed. The zoom lens systems employs liquid optics and a movable lens group to provide optical performance over the zoom focal length range at focus distances from close to infinity. The system also provides compensation for undesirable thermally induced effects by adjustments of the zoom group and the variably shaped optical surface in the liquid lens cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Blackeye Optics, LLC
    Inventors: James H. Jannard, Iain A. Neil
  • Publication number: 20120081797
    Abstract: An imaging device is provided with an imaging sensor having a rectangular imaging surface, an image-forming optical system for forming an image onto the imaging surface, and a prism disposed between the image-forming optical system and the imaging sensor for bending an optical path. A mask, having a rectangular opening, limits light that is to be incident on the imaging sensor. The aspect ratio (long side/short side) of the mask rectangular opening of the mask is larger than that of the rectangular imaging surface, and the peripheral light quantity difference between the short and long sides on the rectangular imaging surface is smaller than in the case of these two aspect ratios being equal to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Applicant: HOYA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masakazu SAORI, Koichiro HAYAKAWA
  • Publication number: 20120075728
    Abstract: An imaging optical system, including an imaging lens group, an image side prism having an entrance surface a reflection surface and an exit surface from which light exits toward an image pickup device, and a first shielding member shielding at least a part of a region on the entrance surface, wherein the region on the entrance surface is located from an edge line of an apex between the entrance surface and the exit surface to a position corresponding to a height h from the edge line, and when L represents a length of the exit surface, ? represents an angle formed between the reflection surface and the exit surface, n represents a refractive index of a surrounding area of the image side prism, and n? represents a refractive index of the image side prism, the height h satisfies a following condition: h=L×cos {?+sin?1(n/n?)}.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Applicant: HOYA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yutaka TAKAKUBO, Eijiroh TADA
  • Publication number: 20120075727
    Abstract: An imaging optical system, which is provided with an imaging lens group having at least one lens, an image side prism that bends light which has passed through the imaging lens group toward an image pickup device arranged at a predetermined position, and a cover glass that is provided for the image pickup device and lets the light bent by the image side prism pass therethrough, and wherein an exist surface of the image side prism from which the light bent by the image side prism emerges and an entrance surface of the cover glass are adhered to each other with an adhesive which is optically transparent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Applicant: HOYA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yutaka TAKAKUBO, Eijiroh TADA, Koichi MARUYAMA
  • Patent number: 8111471
    Abstract: The imaging lens includes, in order from the object side, a first lens having positive refractive power, a second lens having positive refractive power, and a third lens having negative refractive power. The first lens is provided with a substrate portion which is a parallel plate, and a lens portion formed of a material having a refractive index different from that of the substrate portion on at least one of the object-side surface or the image-side surface of the substrate portion, and the second lens is a single lens and satisfies the following conditional expression: 1<f2/f<20, wherein f2 represents the focal length of the second lens and f represents the focal length of the entire imaging lens system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Opto, Inc.
    Inventor: Yuichi Ozaki
  • Publication number: 20120026606
    Abstract: A projection lens disposed between an enlarged side and a reduced side and including a first lens group having a negative refractive power, a second lens group having a positive refractive power, a third lens group having positive refractive power, and an optical element disposed between the second and the third lens groups is provided. The first lens group includes a first and a second lens sequentially arranged from the enlarged side to the reduced side and respectively having a positive and a negative refractive power. The second lens group between the first lens group and the reduced side includes a third, a fourth, a fifth, and a sixth lens sequentially arranged from the enlarged side to the reduced side. The fifth and the sixth lens respectively have a positive refractive power. The third lens group disposed between the second lens group and the reduced side includes a seventh lens.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: YOUNG OPTICS INC.
    Inventors: Yu-Tsung Lee, Yen-Te Lee
  • Publication number: 20110308572
    Abstract: A solar collector optic system having a plurality of optics and a plurality of concentrators, where the plurality of optics directs light to the plurality of concentrators. The system has a first optic, a second optic, a first concentrator and a second concentrator. Each optic has a plurality of prisms which provide a progressive light distribution function such that as each of the plurality of prisms of the first optic is located further away from a focal line of the first concentrator, each of the plurality of prisms directs a greater amount of light to the second concentrator compared to the first concentrator. Also, as each of the plurality of prisms of the second optic is located further away from a focal line of the second concentrator, each of the plurality of prisms directs a greater amount of light to the first concentrator compared to the second concentrator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Applicant: Magna International Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald O. Woodward
  • Publication number: 20110216544
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is characterized by providing an optical transfer function between a predetermined illuminated surface pattern, such as a street light pattern, and a predetermined energy distribution pattern of a light source, such as that from an LED. A lens is formed having a shape defined by the optical transfer function. The optical transfer function is derived by generating an energy distribution pattern using the predetermined energy distribution pattern of the light source. Then the projection of the energy distribution pattern onto the illuminated surface is generated. The projection is then compared to the predetermined illuminated surface pattern to determine if it acceptably matches. The process continues reiteratively until an acceptable match is achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Inventors: Ronald G. Holder, Greg Rhoads
  • Patent number: 7995282
    Abstract: A pair of optical prisms arranged in a complementary relationship provides for anamorphic magnification and cooperates with a refractive or diffractive cylindrical lens element, the later of which generates an aberration that at least partially compensates an aberration generated by the pair of optical prisms. The refractive or diffractive cylindrical lens element is rotated out of normal with respect to the optic axis of the system so as to provide for reflecting stray light away from the optic axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Panamorph, Inc.
    Inventor: Shawn L. Kelly
  • Publication number: 20110188134
    Abstract: A method of controlling a point spread of an object is disclosed. The method includes determining a first value of a characteristic of an optical component of a display, wherein the display includes a first display screen and a second display screen, and wherein the first and second display screens overlap. The method also includes determining a position for the optical component based upon the first value of the characteristic by determining a distance from an origin of the object to the position based upon the first value of the characteristic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Applicant: PURE DEPTH LIMITED
    Inventors: Gareth Paul Bell, Gabriel Damon Engel, Mark John Searle, Daniel Evanicky
  • Patent number: 7982970
    Abstract: A zoom lens includes a first lens unit having a positive refractive power, a second lens unit having a negative refractive power, a reflection member configured to bend an optical path, a third lens unit having a positive refractive power, and a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power. In the zoom lens, two or more lens units of the first through the third lens unit move during zooming. In addition, in the zoom lens, the third lens unit includes a first lens sub-unit, and a second lens sub-unit configured to move in a direction having a component perpendicular to the optical axis to displace an image forming position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ken Wada
  • Publication number: 20110147460
    Abstract: An optical apparatus (10) for an optoelectronic sensor (100, 200) which has at least one lens (14a-b), wherein a further optical element (18) is provided in the beam path of the optical apparatus (10) for extending the depth of field, wherein the optical element (18) is made and/or arranged such that a part of the beam path remains free and thus generates a first depth of field; and wherein the optical element (18) has a planoparallel zone which only covers a part of the beam path of the optical apparatus (10) and thus generates a second depth of field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: SICK AG
    Inventor: Ralf Ulrich Nübling
  • Patent number: 7933071
    Abstract: A dual lens optical system including a first optical system and a second optical system includes at least one reflection member to selectively redirect object lights in first and second directions toward a photographing device. The first optical system includes, in order from an object to the photographing device along the optical axis, a first lens group comprising a first reflection member, a second lens group having a negative refractive power, a third lens group having a positive refractive power, a fourth lens group having a positive refractive power, and a fifth lens group having a positive refractive power. The second optical system shares at least one optical element with the first optical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jung-pa Seo
  • Publication number: 20110085242
    Abstract: An optical assembly uses a plastic prism with one flat surface and a collimating lens optic to provide the capability of imaging a color micro-display to the eye. The collimating optic and flat prism surface can allow for aberration-free diopter adjustment and an image with very low-magnitude, nearly-symmetric distortion. The collimating optic can also provide environmental protection of the prism involving an optical plastic device. The input illumination from the micro-display enters the prism, is reflected two times within the prism, exits the prism, and passes through the collimating optic before being viewed by the eye. Such an optical assembly can provide a field of view with eye-relief and exit pupil when viewing a full-color micro-display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Applicant: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF ARMY
    Inventors: Kyle R. Bryant, Colin E. Reese, Richard J. Heimer