By Thermally Emitted Radiation Patents (Class 374/121)
  • Publication number: 20130308675
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of determining the optimal plant canopy temperature of a plant by measuring chlorophyll a variable fluorescence is described. Leaf samples taken from the plant are placed on a temperature gradient device, exposed to light for an amount of time, and the variable fluorescence emitted from the leaves is measured along with the temperature. Calculations of Fv/Fo over a period of time are used to determine the optimal plant canopy temperature for a plant or a crop. The apparatus and method can be used to compare specific cultivars, to assess the results of plant breeding programs, and to assist in crop management procedures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: Smartfield, Inc.
    Inventors: Doug SNEED, Joel HOHENBERGER, Tommy J. MARTIN, Steve M. HAWKINS, Tray JOHNSON
  • Patent number: 8585285
    Abstract: An electronic thermometer is configured for selectable predictive modes based upon the same predictive algorithm. A mode selector is adapted for user selection between several modes of operation of the thermometer. Each mode of operation utilizes the same predictive algorithm for estimating the temperature of the subject before the thermometer reaches full equilibrium. Different modes offer users a selection for striking the appropriate balance between response time and precision, based upon user preferences and needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien AG
    Inventors: Michael E. Bisch, Joseph T. Gierer
  • Publication number: 20130301674
    Abstract: A volatile organic compound (VOC) sensor device can comprise a sensor located in proximity to a tank vent of a storage tank, wherein the sensor can be configured to monitor flumes from the tank vent; a controller operatively coupled to the sensor, wherein the controller can be configured to receive a measured input from the sensor, wherein the measured input can be VOC measurement data of the flumes; and a wireless communication device coupled to the controller, wherein the wireless communication device can be configured to communicate with a coordinator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: William J. Gillette, II
  • Publication number: 20130294480
    Abstract: The present invention provides a measuring method and a measuring system that are capable of accurately measuring the surface temperature of a surface to be measured, without being influenced by the emissivity distribution of the surface to be measured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: Yoshiro Yamada, Juntaro Ishii
  • Patent number: 8573836
    Abstract: An apparatus evaluates a substrate mounting device adapted to hold a target substrate placed on a mounting surface and to control a temperature of the target substrate. The apparatus includes an evacuatable airtightly sealed chamber accommodating therein the substrate mounting device, a heat source, arranged in a facing relationship with the mounting surface, for irradiating infrared light. The apparatus further includes an evaluation-purpose substrate adapted to be mounted on the mounting surface in place of the target substrate, the evaluation-purpose substrate being made of an infrared light absorbing material, and having a unit for measuring temperatures at plural sites on a surface and/or inside of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Yasuharu Sasaki, Takehiro Ueda, Taketoshi Okajo, Kaoru Oohashi
  • Publication number: 20130287060
    Abstract: A temperature monitoring device that can automatically collect temperature data and wirelessly interface with a workflow management system. The device is provided in a portable housing and incorporates one or more temperature sensors, such as a physical probe, infrared sensor, or RFID transceiver, along with an interface for wirelessly communicating with a host personal device that has been programmed with temperature management tasks. The device may be used to automatically collect temperatures and provide wirelessly provide the data to the host for monitoring and tracking as part of a comprehensive workflow management system that includes food safety monitoring and compliance programs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventors: Scott Langdoc, Scott Leapman, Facundo Formica, Russell Megonigal
  • Patent number: 8568023
    Abstract: A measuring apparatus for an ear thermometer includes a battery, a mode switching circuit and a microcontroller, and the microcontroller, during a run mode or a normal operating state, does not pass battery current to the mode switching circuit in order that the insertion of the mode switching circuit causes no substantial change in power consumption so as to suppress a power consumption of the apparatus and extend the power of the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Bio Echo Net inc
    Inventor: Hideki Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20130264316
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for measuring the temperature of a substrate are disclosed. The apparatus includes a source of temperature-indicating radiation, a detector for the temperature-indicating radiation, and a decorrelator disposed in an optical path between the source of temperature-indicating radiation and the detector for the temperature-indicating radiation. The decorrelator may be a broadband amplifier and/or a mode scrambler. A broadband amplifier may be a broadband laser, Bragg grating, a fiber Bragg grating, a Raman amplifier, a Brillouin amplifier, or combinations thereof. The decorrelator is selected to emit radiation that is transmitted, at least in part, by the substrate being monitored. The source is matched to the decorrelator such that the emission spectrum of the source is within the gain bandwidth of the decorrelator, if the decorrelator is a gain-driven device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventors: Jiping Li, Aaron Muir Hunter, Thomas Haw
  • Publication number: 20130259086
    Abstract: A temperature sensor for use in an infrared detector the temperature sensor comprising: a first resistor associated with a first thermal path having a first thermal conductivity between the first resistor and a substrate and a first temperature coefficient of resistance; a second resistor associated with a second thermal path having a second thermal conductivity between the second resistor and the substrate and a second temperature coefficient of resistance, and a measurement circuit responsive to changes in the resistance of the first and second resistors to estimate changes in temperature, and wherein at least one of (a) the first and second thermal conductivities are different or (b) the first and second temperature coefficients of resistance are different.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: Analog Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: William Allan Lane, Paul Martin Lambkin
  • Publication number: 20130248522
    Abstract: A cooking apparatus includes a body, an inner case disposed inside the body in a cooking compartment where food is being cooked, a detection hole formed at a wall of one side of the inner case, so that an infrared ray generated at the cooking compartment is released to the outside of the cooking compartment, and an infrared ray detecting apparatus including a reflecting mirror, which has a plurality of reflection surfaces and configured to change a path of an incident infrared ray, and an infrared ray sensor configured to receive the infrared ray having the path thereof changed to detect an intensity of the infrared ray, thereby reducing the size of a detection hole configured to pass the infrared ray that is generated inside the cooking compartment, so that the adverse effect caused by the leakage of a microwave is minimized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yeon A. Hwang, Jun hoe Choi, Tae Gyoon Noh, Jong Sung Park, Ji Hoon Ha, Jeong Su Han
  • Patent number: 8534913
    Abstract: A temperature detector has: an infrared sensor located so as not to be in contact with a measured object; an infrared transmission filter which is located between the infrared sensor and the measured object so as to block the infrared sensor from the measured object, and through which infrared rays emitted from the measured object pass; and a distance changer for changing a distance between the measured object and the infrared transmission filter, wherein the infrared sensor is provided so as to detect the infrared rays, which have passed through the infrared transmission filter, to detect a temperature of the measured object even when the distance is changed by the distance changer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Yutaka Otsuka
  • Publication number: 20130235901
    Abstract: Disclosed is a portable device for measuring temperature with infrared array sensor. This portable device includes: an infrared array sensor module for taking temperature values in a unit of pixel and including a plurality of infrared sensors arranged in an array of pixels; a controller for calculating a resultant temperature value of a subject with reference to the temperature values taken each by the sensors; a display for expressing the resultant temperature value calculated by the controller; and a view finder with an indicator defining a target point to be measured for temperature and having a profile corresponding to the whole or a local shape of the subject. The view finder is formed of a transparent plate on which the subject's shape is reflected. The transparent plate is formed of: a notch representing the indicator; and a lens at least provided in the indicator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: EASYTEM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jae-Woo Shin
  • Publication number: 20130230074
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device and method for measuring temperature with infrared array sensor. This device includes: an infrared array sensor module to take thermal picture information of a subject, including a plurality of infrared sensors arranged in an array of pixels; an on-screen display module to generate an indicator having a profile corresponding to an entire or local shape of the subject and defining a target point to be measured for temperature; a display module to express the indicator and the thermal picture information; and a controller to enable the infrared array sensor module to measure the subject's temperature if the target point displayed by the thermal picture information overlaps with the indicator while the thermal picture information is expressed on the display module along with the indicator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: EASYTEM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jae-Woo Shin
  • Patent number: 8517605
    Abstract: An integrated circuit chip is defined by a stack of several interconnected layers. The integrated circuit chip includes at least two layers of dissimilar metal patterned to define an array of integrated bimetallic thermocouples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Northwestern University
    Inventors: Matthew A. Grayson, Seda Memik, Jieyi Long, Chuanle Zhou, Andrea Grace Klock
  • Patent number: 8517603
    Abstract: A thermometer that enables the measurement of temperature from multiple body sites comprising a body portion that has a circuit configured to measure an IR signal and convert it into an output that accurately reflects body temperature and a switch in communication with the circuit. The thermometer also comprises a probe that has an IR window configured to accept an IR signal and an attachment mechanism coupled to the probe which comprises a generally circular hollow bore at its distal end, fastening members to engage the body of the thermometer and a pin at its proximal end for interacting with the switch on the body of the thermometer. When the attachment mechanism couples to the probe, the pin interacts with the switch in various positions and the circuit converts the signal based upon the position of the switch which position reflects the location from which the temperature measurement was taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Kaz USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Jacob Fraden
  • Publication number: 20130215928
    Abstract: A method for determining a body temperature of a patient or subject is disclosed, in which a contactless infrared thermometer is manually positioned such as to point at a target area, and by activating the thermometer such that it measures the internal temperature of a patient and reads, via the thermometer, and for a predetermined time interval, the intensity of an infrared radiation in arrival from the target area. The target area is a body surface of a human or animal patient selected from a body location group comprising the ethmoid sinus, the canthus, the open eyelid or the closed eyelid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: TECNIMED S.R.L.
    Inventor: Francesco Bellifemine
  • Publication number: 20130208760
    Abstract: A method for measuring the temperature of an electrical conductor, the method comprising (a) providing a clamp comprising a flexible, thermally conductive material in thermal contact with the electrical conductor, wherein the clamp has an outer surface of a known emissivity value, or a coating of a known emissivity value is disposed on the outer surface of the clamp and (b) measuring the infrared (IR) temperature of the clamp to determine the temperature of the electrical conductor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: Electric Power Research Institute, Inc.
    Inventor: Electric Power Research Institute, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130208761
    Abstract: A multi-meter performs multiple measurement functions and includes a housing with a longitudinal axis and a measurement display. The multi-meter further includes a clamp arm type current measuring instrument. The clamp arms are generally aligned with the longitudinal axis of the multi-meter housing. The multi-meter also includes a non-contact infrared temperature measurement device contained in a module attached to the stationary clamp arm of the current measuring instrument. The module is arranged so that the non-contact infrared temperature measurement instrument receives a cone of infrared energy along the longitudinal axis and the cone of infrared energy is not obstructed by the housing or clamp arms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: General Tools and Instruments
    Inventor: General Tools and Instruments
  • Patent number: 8506161
    Abstract: This disclosure describes systems, methods, and apparatuses for making a non-contact measurement of a substrate in a plasma processing chamber that accounts for stray blackbody radiation. In particular, a photocurrent is calculated that can be attributed to the stray blackbody radiation based upon a temperature of the stray blackbody radiation, a reflectance of a target substrate, and a temperature of the substrate. Knowing the photocurrent attributable to the stray blackbody radiation, a non-contact temperature measurement can be made, and the photocurrent attributable to the stray blackbody radiation can be subtracted out to arrive at a more accurate non-contact substrate temperature measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Haw
  • Patent number: 8506159
    Abstract: A defect on the surface or in the surface layer of a moving material can be detected by using a method comprising steps of: heating the surface of the material, obtaining thermal image data of the surface of the material using an infrared thermography camera while the surface of the material is being heated up at the heating step or being cooled down after heating, and detecting the defect by calculating Laplacian with respect to temperature of the surface represented by the thermal image data. When the thermal image data is obtained while the material is being heated up, a heating device and the camera is arranged so that thermal energy emitted from the heating device is reflected by the material to come into the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation
    Inventors: Junichi Nakagawa, Tadayuki Ito, Tetsuo Nishiyama, Masahiro Doki, Kozo Saito, Belal Gharaibeh, Keng Hoo Chuah, Ahmad Salaimeh, Masahiro Yamamoto, Tomoya Takeuchi, Kazufumi Ito, Huaxiong Huang, Sean C. Bohun
  • Publication number: 20130202009
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for displaying the temperature of an object using an infrared thermometer capable of displaying a measured temperature by projection onto the object being measured are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Balaji Murugan, Pydisetty Nageswara Rao, Ratheesh Cheran
  • Patent number: 8496373
    Abstract: A test specimen having a to-be-photographed surface and an attachment surface which is a back side thereof is produced, and attached to a structure. An artificial abnormal portion is provided between a to-be-inspected surface of the structure and the to-be-photographed surface of the test specimen. The to-be-photographed surface of the test specimen is photographed by the infrared camera. When a surface temperature difference between the abnormal and the sound portions increases to a certain level on the to-be-photographed surface, it is capable of discriminating between the abnormal and the sound portions by an infrared thermal image of the test specimen. In a time zone in which discriminating between the abnormal and the sound portions is capable, the to-be-inspected surface of the structure is photographed by the infrared camera. If there is a damage in the surface layer of the structure, a damaged position can be discriminated by an infrared thermal image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: West Nippon Expressway Engineering Shikoku Company Limited
    Inventors: Yukio Akashi, Kazuaki Hashimoto, Shogo Hayashi
  • Patent number: 8496376
    Abstract: An automatic and continuous method is presented to improve the accuracy of fiber optic distributed temperature measurements derived from Raman back scatterings utilizing two light sources with different wavelengths, by choosing the wavelengths of the two sources so the primary source's return anti-Stokes component overlaps with the incident wavelength of the secondary light source thereby canceling out the non-identical attenuations generated by the wavelength differences between Stokes and anti-Stokes bands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: SensorTran, Inc.
    Inventors: Chung Lee, Kwang Suh
  • Patent number: 8496375
    Abstract: A pyrometer that is adapted for detecting radiation in the range of 250 to 450 nm is disclosed. The pyrometer can be used for determining the temperature of a matter thermally emitting only ultraviolet-radiation. In particular, the pyrometer can include: a detector having an active area adapted for measuring thermal radiation, a longpass filter having a cut-off wavelength in the range of 400 to 450 nm, means adapted for alternately activating and deactivating the longpass filter, means adapted for measuring a first thermal radiation signal when the longpass filter is deactivated and adapted for measuring a second thermal radiation signal when the longpass filter is activated, and means adapted for determining a temperature corresponding to the measured thermal radiation from a difference of the first radiation signal and the second radiation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Laytec Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Joerg-Thomas Zettler, Tobias Schenk, Jens Zilian
  • Patent number: 8493733
    Abstract: A mobile measurement device, particularly for temporary use in or on vehicles, on stationary engines, or on test benches, consists of individual components (2) that might have different working temperatures, disposed in a common housing (1). Furthermore, at least one fan (6) is provided. In order to allow a very broad range of use with regard to the outside temperature range, at the smallest and lightest possible construction, in order to guarantee simple transport and great mobility, and reliable measurements within this range, the housing (1) is structured essentially in gastight manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: AVL List GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Schimpl, Martin Dorfner, Volker Pointner
  • Publication number: 20130176544
    Abstract: The disclosure concerns an arrangement for mirror temperature measurement and/or thermal actuation of a mirror in a microlithographic projection exposure apparatus. The mirror has an optical effective surface and at least one access passage extending from a surface of the mirror, that does not correspond to the optical effective surface, in the direction of the effective surface. The arrangement is designed for mirror temperature measurement and/or thermal actuation of the mirror via electromagnetic radiation which is propagated along the access passage. The electromagnetic radiation is reflected a plurality of times within the access passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Hauf, Norman Baer, Holger Walter, Joachim Hartjes
  • Patent number: 8483991
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed that determines the emissivity and temperature of a target object. A compact emitter capable of sequentially emitting blackbody-like radiation at two different temperatures is used to determine the target object's emissivity and temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Fluke Corporation
    Inventors: Reno Gaertner, Steffen Ludwig, Rainer Kuepper, Klaus-Peter Moellmann
  • Patent number: 8483990
    Abstract: A graphical user interface for configuring parameters associated with a portable infrared imager is provided. The interface can be used to manually or automatically set range and span parameters. The interface can also be used to configure one or more alarms to notify a user that a detected temperature is outside a predetermined range. In some embodiments, a non-linear temperature scale can be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Fluke Corporation
    Inventors: Stefan H. Warnke, James T. Pickett, Thomas Heinke
  • Patent number: 8480296
    Abstract: A low temperature radiometer includes a main body, a main cavity, an exit cavity, a suspended thermometer, and an attached thermometer. The main cavity is disposed within the main body and is defined through an off-axis parabolic concentrating cone formed of the inner walls of the main body. The exit cavity is disposed within the main body and is defined through a cylindrical inner surface of the main body. The suspended thermometer is suspended within the exit cavity and is disposed to be in communication with radiation entering the main cavity and being diverted to the exit cavity. The attached thermometer is attached to the outer surface of the main body and is in thermal communication and contact with the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics Space Administration
    Inventors: Michael DiPirro, Thomas P. Hait, James G. Tuttle
  • Publication number: 20130170517
    Abstract: A bolometer including: at least one electromechanical microsystem or nanosystem, the microsystem or nanosystem including a support and a mobile mass hung from beams above the support, the mobile mass forming an absorber of optical flux; actuation electrodes configured to set the mobile mass in vibration and arranged laterally relative to the mobile mass; and detection electrodes to detect variation in vibration frequency of the mobile mass arranged laterally relative to the mobile mass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventors: Laurent Duraffourg, Philippe Andreucci
  • Patent number: 8465202
    Abstract: A microstructured sensor for detecting IR radiation includes: one measuring channel having a measuring diaphragm, on which a first sensitive detector surface is implemented for the absorption of a first IR radiation; and one reference channel having a reference diaphragm, on which a second sensitive detector surface is implemented for the absorption of a second IR radiation. A measuring structure, e.g., a thermopile measuring structure as a series circuit made of thermocouple pairs, is implemented between the measuring diaphragm and the reference diaphragm for measuring a temperature differential between the measuring diaphragm and the reference diaphragm. First and second thermal contacts lie alternately on the two diaphragms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Udo Kaess, Christian Lemier, Markus Niemann
  • Patent number: 8465201
    Abstract: According to certain embodiments, an electro-magnetic radiation detector includes a sensor coupled to multiple nanostructures and an electro-magnetic radiation indicating device. The nanostructures are adapted to absorb electro-magnetic energy and generate heat according to the absorbed electro-magnetic energy. The sensor is adapted to measure the heat generated by the plurality of nanostructures and to generate a first signal according to the measured heat. The electro-magnetic radiation indicating device is operable to receive the signal from the sensor and indicate a level of electro-magnetic energy absorbed by the plurality of nanostructures according to the received signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Timothy J. Imholt
  • Patent number: 8459865
    Abstract: Innovative tracking heat flux sensors located at or near the solar collector's focus for centering the concentrated image on a receiver assembly. With flux sensors mounted near a receiver's aperture, the flux gradient near the focus of a dish or trough collector can be used to precisely position the focused solar flux on the receiver. The heat flux sensors comprise two closely-coupled thermocouple junctions with opposing electrical polarity that are separated by a thermal resistor. This arrangement creates an electrical signal proportional to heat flux intensity, and largely independent of temperature. The sensors are thermally grounded to allow a temperature difference to develop across the thermal resistor, and are cooled by a heat sink to maintain an acceptable operating temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Sandia Corporation
    Inventors: Charles E. Andraka, Richard B. Diver, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20130142215
    Abstract: A method and a sensing device are provided. The sensing device may include: a thermal antenna that includes a resistive material and has a cross section that has dimensions that are of an order of a micron or of a sub-micron. The thermal antenna may receive electromagnetic radiation and directly convert it to heat. The sensing device may also include a supporting element, a thermal sensor arranged to generate detection signals responsive to a temperature of a sensed area of the thermal sensor, a holding element that may support and thermally isolate the thermal antenna and the thermal sensor and thermally isolate, and a readout circuit that may process the detection signals to provide information about the electromagnetic radiation that is directly converted to heat by the thermal antenna. The thermal antenna and the thermal sensor are spatially separated from the supporting element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventors: Yael Nemirovsky, Dan Corcos, Shlomo Katz, Alexander Svetlitza, Madlena Dolgin
  • Patent number: 8454230
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for the indirect determination of local irradiance in an optical system; wherein the optical system comprises optical elements between which an illuminated beam path is formed and a measurement object which absorbs the radiation in the beam path at least partially is positioned in a partial region of the beam path selected for the locally-resolved determination of the irradiance and the temperature distribution of at least one part of the measurement object is determined by means of a temperature detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Melzer, Axel Scholz
  • Publication number: 20130130187
    Abstract: A temperature measurement apparatus for estimating a temperature profile in a process container, includes a radiation temperature measurement unit configured to measure the temperature of plural temperature measurement areas at a surface of the rotating table in a radius direction of the rotating table by scanning the surface of the rotating table in the radius direction; an operation control unit that controls to start heating of the process container by a heater while keeping the rotating table immobilized, and controls to repeat a scanning operation, in which the radiation temperature measurement unit scans the surface of the rotating table in the radius direction to obtain the temperature of the plural temperature measurement areas while the rotating table is rotated in a circumferential direction of the rotating table, after a predetermined period has passed from starting the heating of the process container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Masayuki MOROI, Hitoshi KIKUCHI, Masato KOAKUTSU
  • Patent number: 8442263
    Abstract: A method for determining heat and/or energy loss from a building using a thermographic image of the building, the image of the building being captured at a pre-determined angle, preferably perpendicular to the building, the method comprising analyzing automatically the image to determine the temperature of areas of the image, determining the real size of the scene associated with the image areas that are above a pre-determined temperature and using this to determine heat and/or energy loss from the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: IRT Surveys Ltd
    Inventors: Stewart Little, Alan Little
  • Publication number: 20130114641
    Abstract: A method and system for monitoring the health of plants in a field. The method and system acquire a thermal image indicative of thermal energy emitted by the plants and process the thermal image to assess variations in the temperatures among the plants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Inventor: Brian Harold Sutton
  • Patent number: 8434937
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a method and an apparatus for detecting the temperature of a substrate surface. In one embodiment, a method for measuring the temperature is provided which includes exposing the surface of the substrate to a laser beam radiating from a laser source, radiating emitted light from a portion of the surface of the substrate, through the shadow ring, and towards a thermal sensor, and determining the temperature of the portion of the surface of the substrate from the emitted light. The substrate may be disposed on a substrate support within a treatment region and a shadow ring may be disposed between the laser source and the surface of the substrate. The shadow ring may be selectively opaque to the laser beam and transparent to the emitted light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Blake Koelmel, Abhilash J. Mayur
  • Patent number: 8434938
    Abstract: An apparatus for monitoring a temperature and/or a temperature-dependent parameter of an optical element arranged in a path of a laser beam includes a measuring light source to produce measuring radiation and direct the measuring radiation to the optical element, a detector arranged to detect a portion of the measuring radiation that has passed through a passage region of the optical element, an evaluating device connected to the detector to monitor the temperature and/or the temperature-dependent parameter. The evaluating device is configured to determine the temperature and/or the temperature-dependent parameter based on an intensity of the measuring radiation detected by the detector in the passage region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Trumpf Laser-und Systemtechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Joachim Schulz
  • Patent number: 8430561
    Abstract: The present invention is drawn to a non-contact thermometer that is operable to emit a first light having a first color to create a spot of a first color at a reference target and to detect the temperature of the reference target. The non-contact thermometer is additionally operable to establish a temperature difference threshold. In use, once a temperature difference threshold is selected and once the temperature of the reference target is detected, the non-contact thermometer may detect a temperature of another target. Further, if the detected temperature of the other target is outside of the temperature difference threshold as compared to the temperature of the reference target, the non-contact thermometer is operable to emit a second light having a second color to create a spot of a second color at the other target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventor: Michael L. Agronin
  • Patent number: 8414187
    Abstract: A temperature sensor includes first and second lower electrodes, a ferroelectric layer having polarization, a semiconductor layer; and first to third upper electrodes. The second upper electrode is interposed between the first upper electrode and the third upper electrode in a plan view. The semiconductor layer includes a first channel disposed between the first upper electrode and the second upper electrode, and a second channel disposed between the second upper electrode and the third upper electrode. The ferroelectric layer includes a first ferroelectric part disposed below the first channel and a second ferroelectric part disposed below the second channel. A polarization direction of the first ferroelectric part is opposite to a polarization direction of the second first ferroelectric part. The temperature is calculated based on the output voltage from the second upper electrode and the voltage applied to the first upper electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Michihito Ueda, Hiroyuki Tanaka, Yukihiro Kaneko, Eiji Fujii
  • Publication number: 20130083822
    Abstract: An electronic thermometer includes a probe adapted to be heated by a subject for use in measuring a temperature of the subject. At least one temperature sensor detects a temperature of the probe. An IR emitter emits an infrared signal from the probe. And an IR detector detects the infrared signal emitted by the IR emitter. The detection of the IR signal by the IR detector indicates that the probe is received in a probe cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Inventors: Eric B. Holderle, Thomas G. Lewis
  • Publication number: 20130083823
    Abstract: A thermometer for measuring a temperature of a subject. The thermometer includes a probe for insertion into an orifice of the subject. An electromagnetic radiation sensor at the probe senses electromagnetic radiation within the orifice of the subject. The electromagnetic radiation sensor generates data indicative of both the temperature of the subject and one or more anatomical images of the subject. A controller receives the data from the electromagnetic radiation sensor. The controller generates a temperature image on the display indicative of the computed temperature of the subject and one or more anatomical images of the subject on the display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: Covidien LP
  • Patent number: 8407616
    Abstract: A graphical user interface facilitates methods for analyzing a temperature distribution across a scene that is captured by a thermal imaging device. Preferably, the interface includes a both a two-dimensional image of the captured scene and a three-dimensional representation of the captured scene. The three-dimensional representation is formed by a plurality of pixels, each of which are coded by a qualitative value from within a range of qualitative values, and each value, within the range, corresponds to a temperature. Each of the plurality of pixels is arranged, in a first and a second dimension of the three dimensions, according to a position of a corresponding pixel of the two-dimensional image, and, in a third dimension, according to a magnitude of the temperature associated therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Fluke Corporation
    Inventors: Peter A. Bergstrom, Jordan B. Schlichting
  • Patent number: 8393784
    Abstract: A method for identifying types of flaws in a composite object includes: a) rapidly heating the surface of the object; b) recording pixel intensities in a sequence of IR images; c) determining temperature-versus-time data for each of the pixels from the IR images; and d) determining what type of flaw if any corresponds to each of the pixels using the temperature-versus-time data determined in step (c). A contrast curve derived from the temperature-versus-time data may be used in determining what type of flaws if any corresponds to each of the pixels. The contrast curve may be determined by subtracting a synthetic reference curve from a temperature time curve from the temperature-versus-time data. The types of flaws may be determined from size and/or shapes of peaks in the contrast curves. Some flaws are delaminations, layers of porosity, and uniformly distributed porosity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Harry Israel Ringermacher, Donald Robert Howard, Bryon Edward Knight, William George Patterson, Thomas Edward Bantel
  • Patent number: 8388901
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods are provided for heating and sensing the temperature of a chemical reaction chamber without direct physical contact between a heating device and the reaction chamber, or between a temperature sensor and the reaction chamber. A plurality of chemical reaction chambers can simultaneously or sequentially be heated independently and monitored separately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Applied Biosystems, LLC
    Inventors: John S. Shigeura, Janice G. Shigeura
  • Patent number: 8382367
    Abstract: A probe for an ear thermometer has a mounting bracket, a light module, a temperature sensor and a probe tube. The light module and temperature sensor is mounted on the mounting bracket. The light module is capable of radiating different colored lights to respectively indicate normal or abnormal body temperature. The probe tube covers the light module and temperature sensor and is light-pervious. Because the probe of the ear thermometer indicates the body temperature by different colored lights and/or numerals, using the ear thermometer with the probe is easy, simple and instinctive when compared to conventional thermometers that use LCD display to show numerical values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Digio2 International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kun-Sung Chen
  • Patent number: 8371748
    Abstract: A temperature measuring apparatus comprises a casing, an infrared sensor assembly, a probe, and a trigger device. The infrared sensor assembly is disposed in the casing. The trigger device is connected between the casing and the probe in such manner that when the probe moves toward the casing, the trigger device is activated by the probe to trigger the infrared sensor assembly to proceed sensing. The temperature measuring apparatus could be operated to measure without pressing any measuring button, so that the temperature measuring apparatus could have a stable operation in the measuring process. Hence, the error of the temperature measuring is reduced and the operation is more convenient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Avita Corporation
    Inventor: Ta Chieh Yang
  • Publication number: 20130028286
    Abstract: A method and system for calibrating temperature measurement devices, such as pyrometers, in thermal processing chambers are disclosed. According to the present invention, the system includes a calibrating light source that emits light energy onto a substrate contained in the thermal processing chamber. A light detector then detects the amount of light that is being transmitted through the substrate. The amount of detected light energy is then used to calibrate a temperature measurement device that is used in the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: Mattson Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Mattson Technology, Inc.