Lens Patents (Class 385/33)
  • Patent number: 11177878
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods, devices, and system for beam forming and beam steering within ultra-wideband, wireless optical communication devices and systems. According to one embodiment, a free space optical (FSO) communication apparatus is disclosed. The FSO communication apparatus includes a semiconductor optical device configured to have a transient response time of less than 500 picoseconds (ps), a lens, and a first band select filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: LUMEOVA, INC.
    Inventors: Mohammad Ali Khatibzadeh, Arunesh Goswami, Morteza Abbasi
  • Patent number: 11169357
    Abstract: A light source module may include a base with a support feature protruding from a surface of the base and securing a light source to direct radiation away from the surface. A lens cells may be attached proximate to the surface, optionally by being secured within a sleeve that is attached at one end to the surface. A multi-conductor part may include electrical conductors and a base temperature sensor that contacts the base. The base temperature sensor may be electrically connected to at least one of the plurality of conductive elements and further connected to an optical ignition safety protection system configured to interrupt current to the light source if the base temperature sensor indicates that a temperature of the light source is outside of a safe range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: SpectraSensors, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas J. Croglio, Jr., Peter Scott, Doug Beyer, Kevin Ludlum, Keith Helbley, David Peter
  • Patent number: 11163122
    Abstract: An optical ferrule (200) has opposing major top (10) and bottom (20) surfaces where the bottom surface includes discrete spaced apart first (90) and second (100) platforms arranged along a mating direction of the optical ferrule (200). During a mating of the ferrule (200) with a mating optical ferrule (200?), the first (90) and second (100) platforms of the ferrule (200) slide against corresponding respective first (90?) and second (100?) platforms of the mating ferrule (200?). Upon full mating of the ferrule (200) with the mating ferrule (200?), the second platforms (100, 100?) of the ferrule and the mating ferrule remain in contact with and rest on each other, and the first platform (90, 90?) of neither ferrule makes contact with the other ferrule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael A. Haase, James M. Nelson, Terry L. Smith
  • Patent number: 11156450
    Abstract: A method, device and electronic apparatus for estimating physical parameters are disclosed. The method includes: reading a Newton's rings fringe pattern obtained by performing an interferometric measurement on a unit to be measured; obtaining the number and length of first-direction signals of the Newton's rings fringe pattern; performing, for each of the first-direction signals, a discrete chirp Fourier transform (DCFT) on the first-direction signal based on each first chirp rate parameter within a range of the length of first-direction signals, to obtain a first magnitude spectrum of an intensity distribution signal in a DCFT domain; determining a first chirp rate parameter and a first frequency parameter corresponding to a first magnitude peak value based on the first magnitude spectrum; and estimating the physical parameters involved in the interferometric measurement at least according to the first chirp rate parameter and first frequency parameter corresponding to the first magnitude peak value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: BEIJING INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Mingfeng Lu, Jinmin Wu, Kun Xiong, Xianggen Xia, Feng Zhang, Ran Tao
  • Patent number: 11154948
    Abstract: A laser beam machining device (1) is provided, in which unfocused light (A) from a light exit point (B) is radiated onto a single lens (8), where in the lens (8) focuses the laser light (A) and guides it onto a machining point of a work piece (7). A distance (ma, mb) between the lens (8) and the light exit point (B) and a distance (la, lb) between the lens (8) and the machining point of the workpiece (7) and a distance between the light exit point (B) and the aforementioned machining point can be varied. Moreover, a process of usage of a laser beam machining device (1) is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: BYSTRONIC LASER AG
    Inventor: Stefan Wittwer
  • Patent number: 11159234
    Abstract: A scalable interferometric imaging and laser communications system integrated as a single satellite payload is provided. Multiple lenslets are coupled via associated waveguides to a single multi-mode interferometer in an N-arm beam combination using a PIC based architecture. The multi-mode interferometer is coupled to a communication sensor via a splitter and to an imaging sensor via an array waveguide grating, which in turn are coupled to a processor. The system interferes all input waveguides simultaneously and provides OPD control over individual input waveguides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Guy Chriqui, Nicolas James Deshler, Anthony Cecere Klee
  • Patent number: 11141817
    Abstract: An optical unit includes: a first optical device holding body that is sleeve-shaped and includes a first holding portion configured to hold therein at least one first optical device, and a first fitting portion extending from the first holding portion; a second optical device holding body that is sleeve-shaped and includes a second holding portion configured to hold therein at least one second optical device, and a second fitting portion extending from the second holding portion; and a welded portion that is melted and solidified over the first fitting portion and the second fitting portion in an overlapping portion between the first fitting portion and the second fitting portion. A first welding width at a center of the first fitting portion and a second welding width at a center of the second fitting portion are substantially identical in the optical axis direction of the optical unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keiichi Asami, Junichi Okubo
  • Patent number: 11137558
    Abstract: An optical receptacle includes an optical receptacle main body and a filter. The optical receptacle main body includes a first optical surface, a second optical surface, a third optical surface, and a reflecting surface. The filter includes a first filter that reflects light of a first wavelength and allows light of a second wavelength to pass therethrough, and a second filter that reflects the light of the second wavelength and allows the light of the first wavelength to pass therethrough. The filter is disposed on the optical receptacle main body such that the first filter or the second filter makes intimate contact with the reflecting surface. A second central axis of the second optical surface do not coincide with a light axis of a light-receiving element. A third central axis of the third optical surface do not coincide with a light axis of a light-emitting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: ENPLAS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shimpei Morioka, Ayano Kon
  • Patent number: 11131441
    Abstract: A luminaire for providing configurable static lighting or dynamically-adjustable lighting. The luminaire uses an array of focusing elements that act on light provided via a corresponding array of sources or via an edge-lit lightguide. Designs are provided for adjusting the number of distinct beams produced by the luminaire, as well as the angular width, angular profile, and pointing angle of the beams. Designs are also provided for systems utilizing the adjustable luminaires in various applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Glint Photonics, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Gladden, Andrew Kim, Peter Kozodoy, Barbara Kruse
  • Patent number: 11118896
    Abstract: A configuration for coupling a chromatic range sensor optical probe to a coordinate measurement machine (CMM) includes an electric auto connection and a free-space fiber optic coupling with first and second coupling elements. The first coupling element has a first fiber optic connector configured to couple to wavelength detector and light source elements of a CMM through a first optical fiber, and is configured to mount to a probe head of the CMM. The second coupling element has a second fiber optic connector configured to couple to an optical pen of a chromatic range sensor (CRS) optical probe through a second optical fiber, and is configured to mount to the CRS optical probe. One of the first or second coupling elements includes a pair of optical lenses configured to collimate light received via the first optical fiber and focus the collimated light into the second optical fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: MITUTOYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: David William Sesko, Isaiah Freerksen
  • Patent number: 11099297
    Abstract: An imaging spectro-polarimetry system includes a polarizer, a tunable laser, a number of optical nodes and an image processing circuit. The polarizer produces polarized light using light received from an object. The tunable laser generates optical local oscillator (LO) signals. Each optical node receives the polarized light and an optical LO signal, performs a heterodyne mixing and generates a digital signal. The image processing circuit receives digital signals from the optical nodes and generates a magnetogram of the object. The polarizer, the tunable laser, the plurality of optical nodes and the image processing circuit are implemented on a photonic integrated circuit (PIC), and the polarized light includes right and left circularly polarized light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignees: Lockhead Martin Corporation, The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Neal Eugene Hurlburt, Samuel Trent Thurman, Sung-Joo Ben Yoo, Chad Elliott Ogden
  • Patent number: 11092751
    Abstract: A fiber optic adapter for mating an opposing MT ferrule connectors. An adapter housing formed from a top and bottom portion holds a pair of opposing MT ferrules. The adapter housing is stackable on its vertical side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Senko Advanced Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Gniadek, Takuya Ninomiya
  • Patent number: 11092761
    Abstract: A system and method of forming an optical connection. A fiber optic cable includes a first optical fiber and a second optical fiber. The second optical fiber includes a reflective device. An optical device receives the first optical fiber and the second optical fiber. A first signal is observed to verify an optical connection between the first optical fiber and the optical device to verity the optical connection. The fiber optic cable is extended into the optical device to form a secure mating between the first optical fiber and the optical device, thereby changing a state of the reflective device. The secure mating between the first optical fiber and the optical device is determined from the state of the second signal in the second optical fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES OILFIELD OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Scott Christopher
  • Patent number: 11092749
    Abstract: A lensed optical fiber in which a rod-shaped GRIN lens is fused at the tip of an optical fiber is manufactured by executing: a step for fusing together an optical fiber (2) held by a fiber holder (20) and a GRIN lens (3) held by a lens holder (30) with the tips thereof abutting each other; a step for moving the lens holder (30) in the direction away from the fiber holder (20), while relaxing the holding force of the lens holder (30), and reholding the GRIN lens (3); and a step for cutting the GRIN lens (3) with a length equal to the movement distance of the lens holder 30.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: TOYO SEIKAN GROUP HOLDINGS, LTD.
    Inventor: Naoki Misu
  • Patent number: 11081413
    Abstract: A semiconductor package structure includes a substrate, a semiconductor die, a lid and a cap. The semiconductor die is disposed on the substrate. The lid is disposed on the substrate. The cap is disposed on the lid. The substrate, the lid and the cap define a cavity in which the semiconductor die is disposed, and a pressure in the cavity is greater than an atmospheric pressure outside the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: ADVANCED SEMICONDUCTOR ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventors: Hsin Lin Wu, Yu-Hsuan Tsai, Chang Chin Tsai, Lu-Ming Lai, Ching-Han Huang
  • Patent number: 11067754
    Abstract: Optical interconnects can offer higher bandwidth, lower power, lower cost, and higher latency than electrical interconnects alone. The optical interconnect system enables both optical and electrical interconnection, leverages existing fabrication processes to facilitate package-level integration, and delivers high alignment tolerance and low coupling losses. The optical interconnect system provides connections between a photonics integrated chip (PIC) and a chip carrier and between the chip carrier and external circuitry. The system provides a single flip chip interconnection between external circuitry and a chip carrier using a ball grid array (BGA) infrastructure. The system uses graded index (GRIN) lenses and cross-taper waveguide couplers to optically couple components, delivers coupling losses of less than 0.5 dB with an alignment tolerance of ±1 ?m, and accommodates a 2.5× higher bandwidth density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Lionel C. Kimerling, Jurgen Michel, Anuradha M. Agarwal, Kazumi Wada, Drew Michael Weninger, Samuel Serna
  • Patent number: 11069541
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a semiconductor device package includes: accommodating a substrate in a cavity in a center of a carrier substrate having the cavity in which a substrate with a semiconductor chip mounted thereon is accommodated in the center, having a support portion in contact with a side wall of the cavity to form an upper surface of the side wall and surrounding the cavity, and formed of a light-transmitting material; defining a molding portion of the substrate by pressing the support portion and an edge region of the substrate; and molding the molding portion, to cover the semiconductor chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yeong Kwon Ko, Jun Yeong Heo, Un Byoung Kang
  • Patent number: 11052436
    Abstract: A laser cleaning apparatus and a laser cleaning method are furnished, for switching the wavelengths of laser beams furnished by a single laser module using a wavelength switching module and cleaning a test piece using the laser beams having wavelengths and energy suitable for manufacturing needs. The laser cleaning method includes: creating a laser beam; switching the wavelength output by the laser based on process requirements; propagating the laser beam via an optical path propagating module for laser cleaning the test piece; and removing debris. A transfer platform allows movements of the laser beams with respect to the test piece to achieve cleaning of the entire test piece. A control module controls the wavelength switching unit, the laser beam regulating module, and the transfer platform. Total laser cleaning with improved laser cleaning quality is achieved by using these laser beams with the appropriate wavelengths and energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Chun-Ming Chen, Chien-Jung Huang, Yu-Chung Lin, Chieh-Ting Tseng, Min-Kai Lee
  • Patent number: 11041991
    Abstract: An optical component includes: a substrate; a lens formed on a first principal surface of the substrate; and a vortex profile formed on a surface of the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Nippon Sheet Glass Company, Limited
    Inventor: Shiro Sato
  • Patent number: 11036015
    Abstract: A connection structure of optical waveguide chips includes a base substrate (2003) in which grooves (2013) are formed, spacer optical fibers (2006) each disposed for a corresponding one of the grooves (2013) and fitted in the groove (2013) while partially projecting from the base substrate (2003), and silica-based PLCs (2001, 2002) that are a plurality of optical waveguide chips in each of which grooves (2007) fitted on the projecting portions of the spacer optical fibers (2006) are formed at positions of an optical waveguide layer (2008) facing the grooves (2013), and each of which is mounted on the base substrate (2003) while being supported by the spacer optical fibers (2006). The silica-based PLCs (2001, 2002) are mounted on the base substrate (2003) such that incident/exit end faces of the optical waveguide layers (2008) face each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kota Shikama, Hiroshi Ishikawa, Yuko Kawajiri, Atsushi Aratake
  • Patent number: 11022759
    Abstract: A pluggable miniature optical passive device comprises a casing (30), an optical device (40) is mounted in the casing (30), a first end of the optical device (40) is provided with a first ceramic ferrule (43). At least one fiber core (432) is provided in the first ceramic ferrule (43), a first end (41) of the first ceramic ferrule (43) extends out of the casing (30). A second end (42) of the first ceramic ferrule (43) is positioned in the optical device (40), and the second end (42) of the first ceramic ferrule (43) is coated with an antireflection film, a lens (45) is provided close to the second end (42) of the first ceramic ferrule (43), the lens (45) is positioned in the optical device (40). At least one optical fiber is further provided in the optical device (40), a first end of the optical fiber is provided at a side close to the lens (45) and away from the first ceramic ferrule (43), a light beam incident in the optical fiber of the optical device (40) via the ceramic ferrule (43) and the lens (45).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Xiansheng Sun, Xuan Zhang, Nongcun Yu, Jianlong Huang
  • Patent number: 11005234
    Abstract: Method and devices for emitting electromagnetic radiation at high power using nonpolar or semipolar gallium containing substrates such as GaN, AlN, InN, InGaN, AlGaN, and AlInGaN, are provided. The laser devices include multiple laser emitters integrated onto a substrate (in a module), which emit green or blue laser radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA SLD Laser, Inc.
    Inventors: James W. Raring, Paul Rudy, Chendong Bai
  • Patent number: 10996482
    Abstract: An optically effective element includes a carrier, a first optically effective structure arranged on a top side of the carrier, and a cover arranged above the first optically effective structure. A method of producing an optically effective element includes providing a carrier, forming a first optically effective structure on a top side of the carrier, and arranging a cover above the top side of the carrier and the first optically effective structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: OSRAM OLED GmbH
    Inventors: Roland Enzmann, Hubert Halbritter, Markus Arzberger, Andreas Ploessl, Roland Schulz, Georg Rossbach, Bernd Boehm, Frank Singer, Matthias Sabathil
  • Patent number: 10921533
    Abstract: A device for coupling electromagnetic waves into a chip or the like, including a cavity for accommodating a light source, an opening for the passage of light of the light source, which is connected to the cavity, the device including a first surface and a second surface situated opposite the first surface, at least one of the two surfaces including at least two first surface sections, which are inclined relative to one another at an inclination angle, and the distance between the first surface and the second surface being different on different sides of the cavity and/or of the opening, and surface areas on different sides of the cavity and/or opening respectively adjacent thereto having the identical inclination angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Ulrike Scholz, Maximilian Amberger
  • Patent number: 10908341
    Abstract: The present invention provides a frontal light diffusing device comprising a non-circular core fiber section having a proximal end and a distal end, and a lens; wherein fiber core of the non-circular core section has a “top hat” core irradiance distribution and the frontal light diffusing device provides a “top hat” spatial irradiance distribution at a targeted location. The present invention further provides a frontal light diffusing device comprising an optical fiber and a collimation lens assembly wherein the collimation lens assembly includes a variable aperture that blocks portions of light outcoupled from the optical fiber thereby allowing only a central portion of the light to exit through the variable aperture resulting in a flat irradiance distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Aspyrian Therapeutics Inc.
    Inventors: Andreas Rose, Kyle Johnston, Merrill Biel
  • Patent number: 10895688
    Abstract: In example implementations, an optical connector is provided. The optical connector includes a jumper holder, a base bracket, and an optical ferrule. The jumper holder holds a plurality of ribbon fibers. The base bracket is coupled to an electrical substrate to mate with the jumper holder. The optical ferrule is coupled to an end of each one of the plurality of ribbon fibers. The optical ferrule is laterally inserted into a corresponding orthogonal socket that is coupled to a silicon interposer on the electrical substrate to optically mate the optical ferrule to the orthogonal socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Kevin B. Leigh, Paul Kessler Rosenberg, Sagi Mathai, Mir Ashkan Seyedi, Michael Renne Ty Tan, Wayne Victor Sorin, Marco Fiorentino
  • Patent number: 10890465
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for capturing image information. The apparatus includes a waveguide having opposed planar input and output faces. A diffractive optical element (DOE) is formed across the waveguide. The DOE is configured to couple a portion of the light passing through the waveguide into the waveguide. The light coupled into the waveguide is directed via total internal reflection to an exit location on the waveguide. The apparatus further includes a light sensor having an input positioned adjacent the exit location of the waveguide to capture light exiting therefrom and generate output signals corresponding thereto. A processor determines the angle and position of the coupled light with respect to the input face of the waveguide based on the output signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventor: Adrian Kaehler
  • Patent number: 10884199
    Abstract: A first optical axis of a first optical component is caused to be at a first angle with respect to a first precision surface of the first optical component. A second optical axis of a second optical component is aligned to be at a second angle to a second flat surface of the second optical component. The second angle is equal to or derived from the first angle. The first and second flat surfaces are caused to directly face each other to allow only sliding motion between the first and second flat surfaces. The sliding motion is performed between the first and second flat surfaces until the first and second optical axes are sufficiently collinear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Canon U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Altshuler, Daisuke Yamada
  • Patent number: 10864600
    Abstract: A laser machining device includes a plurality of oscillators to emit laser beams having different wavelengths from each other; a machining head to emit laser beams emitted from the respective oscillators to a machining object; a plurality of transmission fibers to transmit the laser beams to the machining head; a wavelength dispersion element; and a focusing lens to superpose the laser beams emitted from the transmission fibers, wherein the wavelength dispersion element is arranged at a position at which the laser beams are superposed by the focusing lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daiji Morita, Tomotaka Katsura, Hiroaki Kurokawa
  • Patent number: 10838135
    Abstract: An apparatus for distributing light from a planar waveguide through an array of linear cylindrical lenses formed in a major surface of the waveguide, and a method of making the same. Light received on an edge of the waveguide is propagated transmissively and retained by total internal reflection, except in response to impinging upon light deflecting elements which sufficiently redirect the light to escape the waveguide such that the extracted from the waveguide is further redirected and redistributed through the array of linear cylindrical lenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: SVV TECHNOLOGY INNOVATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Sergiy Vasylyev
  • Patent number: 10816735
    Abstract: Optical assemblies and lensed connector ferrule assemblies having one or more optical fibers aligned to one or more lenses of a lens substrate and methods of their manufacture are disclosed. In one embodiment, an optical assembly includes a ferrule and a mirror surface. The ferrule includes a lens holder having a lens substrate cavity and an engagement surface. The ferrule further includes a lens substrate disposed within the lens substrate cavity. The lens substrate has at least one lens. The mirror surface is coupled to the engagement surface such that the at least one lens is offset from the mirror surface by an offset distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Corning Research & Development Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Lee Cuno, Oberon Denaci Deichmann, Davide Domenico Fortusini, Wei Jiang, William James Miller, James Scott Sutherland
  • Patent number: 10784956
    Abstract: A transmitter can include: at least one primary laser emitter configured to emit primary laser light; at least one primary monitor photodiode optically coupled with the at least one primary laser emitter; and at least one spare laser emitter configured to emit spare laser light. Each spare laser emitter can be adjacent with a corresponding primary laser emitter such that a first primary laser emitter and a first spare laser emitter pair are directed through an optical system and out a common optical fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: II-VI Delaware Inc.
    Inventor: Frank J. Flens
  • Patent number: 10784391
    Abstract: A light guide includes a light guide layer having a transversely oriented side-end surface that forms a primary output aperture (exit) for light traveling in a forward propagation direction out of the end surface of the light guide (for, e.g., CPV applications) and, which forms a primary input aperture (entrance) for light traveling in a rearward propagation direction into the end surface of the light guide (for, e.g., illuminator applications). A light collection and concentration system includes a light guide apparatus, a light-transmitting medium layer disposed immediately adjacent the single light guide apparatus, and a light concentrator component of multiple optical array layers disposed adjacent the light transmitting medium layer, which is in optical registration with a light injection layer of the light guide apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: University of Rochester
    Inventors: Duncan T. Moore, Greg R. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10775236
    Abstract: A spectrometer includes a light detection element provided with a light passing part, a first light detection part, and a second light detection part, a support fixed to the light detection element such that a space is formed, a first reflection part provided in the support and configured to reflect light passing through the light passing part in the space, a second reflection part provided in the light detection element and configured to reflect the light reflected by the first reflection part in the space, and a dispersive part provided in the support and configured to disperse and reflect the light reflected by the second reflection part to the first light detection part in the space. A plurality of second light detection parts is disposed in a region surrounding the second reflection part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.
    Inventors: Takafumi Yokino, Katsumi Shibayama
  • Patent number: 10718909
    Abstract: An expanded beam fiber optic connection system is disclosed which overcomes the problems associated with known expanded beam fiber optic connection systems. In particular, the expanded beam fiber optic connection system in accordance with the present invention includes a pair of mating fiber optic connectors. Each fiber optic connector includes a connector body and fiber optic termini. In accordance with an important aspect of the invention, the fiber optic termini utilize expanded beam technology and are configured with virtually the same form factor as existing physical contact fiber optic termini. The configuration of the expanded beam termini provides several benefits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: GLENAIR, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory B. Noll, Monish J. Doshi, Deniz K. Armani, Jonathon M. Smith
  • Patent number: 10682044
    Abstract: A Spectrally Encoded Forward View or Multi-View Endoscope, Probe, and Imaging Apparatus and system, and methods and storage mediums for use therewith, are provided herein. At least one apparatus or system may comprise a first waveguide; an optical system; and a diffraction grating. The first waveguide may be for guiding light from a light source to an output port of the first waveguide. The optical system may comprise at least a first reflecting surface and a second reflecting surface. The first reflecting surface may be arranged to reflect light from the output port of the first waveguide to the second reflecting surface. The second reflecting surface may be arranged to reflect light from the first reflecting surface back through the first reflecting surface to the diffraction grating. The diffraction grating may diffract light from the second reflecting surface in several lights/colors of non-zero diffraction orders in a first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Canon U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventors: Tzu-Yu Wu, Mitsuhiro Ikuta, Seiji Takeuchi, Naoki Kohara, Osamu Koyama
  • Patent number: 10663670
    Abstract: An optical connector for connecting single mode optical fibers includes a ferrule that connects to and holds an optical fiber, and a resin optical element coupled to the ferrule and that includes a lens positioned relative to an end of the optical fiber held in the ferrule, and the lens is provided with an antireflection structure. When the optical connector is oppositely connected to another identical optical connector, the opposing optical elements are disposed such that a diverging light is emitted from the end of the optical fiber, transmitted through the lens, and emitted as a collimated beam of light, and the collimated beam of light is incident on an opposing lens of the opposing, identical optical connector and condensed onto an end of an opposing optical fiber of the opposing, identical optical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Wada, Yasushi Mizumachi
  • Patent number: 10641940
    Abstract: An optical module optical interface assembly with an optical lens includes an optical lens, which has a first end surface and a second end surface corresponding to the first end surface, and a connecting body, wherein the connecting body has a molding cavity and the optical lens is retained within the molding cavity. The connecting body has two end portions arranged for mounting an optical subassembly and an external fiber respectively, wherein the first end surface faces towards the end portion for mounting the optical subassembly and the second end surface faces towards the end portion for mounting the external fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: WuHan Unicell Technologies Co., LTD
    Inventor: Qizhuang Miao
  • Patent number: 10617305
    Abstract: A dermatoscope has a generally circular viewing opening, a plurality of light sources including first and second groups of light sources arranged about the viewing opening, a first polarizer for polarizing light passing through the viewing opening, and a second polarizer for polarizing light emitted from the first group of light sources, wherein the first and second groups of light sources are arranged at different distances from a center of the viewing opening so that light from the second group of light sources is not polarized by the second polarizer. A further dermatoscope has a head portion including a generally circular viewing opening, and at least one light source arranged proximate to the viewing opening; and a body portion including an image capture device, wherein the head portion is pivotally attached to the body portion selectively allowing alignment of the center of the viewing opening with the center of the field of view of the image capture device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Canfield Scientific, Incorporated
    Inventors: Sachin V. Patwardhan, Daniel Eric DiGregorio, Athula Mandanayake
  • Patent number: 10602613
    Abstract: An electronic device where molten solder does not come into contact with a sealant so as not to destroy a sealing function. An electronic device is provided with: an insulating base mounted on a printed circuit board; a common planar terminal provided so as to extend from an outer side surface to a bottom surface edge of the insulating base, and cause electrical continuity between the outer side surface and the bottom surface edge of the insulating base; a cover fitted to the insulating base and covering the common planar terminal; and a sealant sealing a gap between the outer side surface of the insulating base and an inner circumferential surface of the cover. A solder pool is formed in a position surrounded by the printed circuit board and the common planar terminal at the bottom surface edge of the insulating base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Omron Corporation
    Inventors: Seiki Shimoda, Masaaki Abe
  • Patent number: 10591186
    Abstract: A mechanical solar tracking and solar concentrating system having a Fresnel lens, moveable frame, track, retaining mechanism, and solar collector. The lens focuses solar energy at the collector; the frame holds the collector and lens, keeping them aligned as the frame rotates; and the track guides the frame to maintain a perpendicular orientation to the Sun. The solar collector receives the Sun's rays and the retaining mechanism releases, at established intervals, allowing the frame to rotate to the next location. The cycle repeats, tracking the Sun and concentrating its rays at a focal point, to generate temperatures at the focal point in excess of 500° C. These high temperatures can be exploited in several applications, such as producing drinking water from dirty water; cooking food; disinfecting medical instruments; accelerating fermentation of certain types of flora to produce electricity; generating work for generic purposes; etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of Colorado, a Body Corporate
    Inventor: L. Rafael Sanchez Vega
  • Patent number: 10566219
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a chip transfer member includes a light-transmitting portion and a metal portion. The light-transmitting portion has a light incident surface, a light-emitting surface, and a side surface. The metal portion is provided at the side surface of the light-transmitting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA ELECTRONIC DEVICES & STORAGE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoichiro Kurita, Tomoyuki Abe, Hideto Furuyama
  • Patent number: 10564365
    Abstract: A connector for optical fibers with lenses includes a ferrule to which an optical fiber with a lens is mounted and which has an end face inclined relative to a central axis, and a coupling member (sleeve) which coaxially couples a pair of the ferrules by making the ferrules to face each other in a non-contact state such that the end faces are parallel to each other. The ferrule has one or a plurality of holes which are parallel to the central axis at positions decentered from the central axis, the optical fiber with the lens being disposed in the hole, and the optical fibers with the lenses mounted to the pair of the ferrules have lens end faces which are inclined along the end faces of the ferrules so as to be optically coupled to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: TOYO SEIKAN GROUP HOLDINGS, LTD.
    Inventors: Naofumi Maruyama, Yuri Tamura, Taro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10564183
    Abstract: An inclination correcting processor performs an image process for correcting inclination of a surface image to a Z direction intersecting an X direction and a Y direction on the surface image of a sample which has been acquired from scanning by a scanning processor. The inclination correcting processor extracts a plurality of pixels from the surface image on a straight line along a predetermined direction and corrects inclination of the surface image based on luminance of the extracted pixels. In a case where correction is performed on the surface image of the sample having a flat surface at least in the one direction (P direction) intersecting the X direction and the Y direction, the inclination correcting processor performs the image process such that the predetermined direction (a direction of a straight line 28) substantially matches the one direction (P direction).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventor: Masato Hirade
  • Patent number: 10560209
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose an optical signal transmission method, apparatus, and system. The apparatus includes a short wavelength division multiplexer, a signal processor, a first linear driver, a second linear driver, a first transmitter, and a second transmitter. The signal processor is configured to perform bit rate allocation and code pattern modulation on a received binary signal, to obtain a first electrical signal to be sent to the first linear driver and a second electrical signal to be sent to the second linear driver. It can be learnt that, by implementing the embodiments of the present invention, a quantity of wavelengths transmitted in a multimode optical fiber can be reduced by performing bit rate allocation on a binary signal, thereby reducing interference between channels in the optical fiber for optical signal transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chuanbiao Wang, Zhenwei Cui, Xiaojun Zeng, Xi Huang
  • Patent number: 10551577
    Abstract: Processes and apparatuses described herein reduce the manufacturing time, the cost of parts, and the cost of assembly per laser for photonic interconnects incorporated into computing systems. An output side of a laser assembly is placed against an input side of a silicon interposer (SiP) such that each pad in a plurality of pads positioned on the output side of the laser assembly is in contact with a respective solder bump that is also in contact with a corresponding pad positioned on the input side of the SiP. The laser assembly is configured to emit laser light from the output side into an input grating of the SiP. The solder bumps are heated to a liquid phase. Capillary forces of the solder bumps realign the laser assembly and the SiP while the solder bumps are in the liquid phase. The solder bumps are then allowed to cool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Ashkan Seyedi, Marco Fiorentino, Geza Kurczveil, Raymond G. Beausoleil
  • Patent number: 10551583
    Abstract: Methods and systems for optical interconnection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Wavefront Research, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas W. Stone
  • Patent number: 10551309
    Abstract: The invention discloses the method of improved optical network cable, where the loss of light is prevented by embedding in it light source and light receiver thus minimizing the consequences of improper joint in optical network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventor: Evgeniy Zarubin
  • Patent number: 10526198
    Abstract: A MEMS IR sensor, with a cavity in a substrate underlapping an overlying layer and a temperature sensing component disposed in the overlying layer over the cavity, may be formed by forming an IR-absorbing sealing layer on the overlying layer so as to cover access holes to the cavity. The sealing layer is may include a photosensitive material, and the sealing layer may be patterned using a photolithographic process to form an IR-absorbing seal. Alternately, the sealing layer may be patterned using a mask and etch process to form the IR-absorbing seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Ricky Alan Jackson, Walter Baker Meinel, Kalin Valeriev Lazarov, Brian E. Goodlin
  • Patent number: 10512788
    Abstract: A system for irradiation of a vascular space and its contents is presented. An adapter device having a vascular access end and an optical interface end can include a waveguide affixed within a waveguide lumen and extending outwardly through the vascular access end. The optical interface end includes a tapered terminus configured to engage with a cavity of an optical connector adapter, creating an optical interface between the waveguide of the adapter device and a waveguide of a light or radiation source. The adapter device enables the simultaneous administration of radiation and exogenous fluids to a patient while maintaining the optical interface isolated from any fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: UVLrx Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: Scot Johnson, Michael Harter, Victor Josef Scheeren