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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
359238000 Light wave temporal modulation (e.g., frequency, amplitude, etc.) 1904
359298000 Light wave directional modulation (e.g., deflection or scanning is representative of the modulating signal) 150
359321000 Having particular chemical composition or structure 19
20080259431Laser Projection System Based on a Luminescent Screen - The present invention relates to a laser projection system consisting of at least one first laser light source (10-23-2008
20100046058DIFFUSION BARRIER LAYER FOR MEMS DEVICES - Described herein is the use of a diffusion barrier layer between metallic layers in MEMS devices. The diffusion barrier layer prevents mixing of the two metals, which can alter desired physical characteristics and complicate processing. In one example, the diffusion barrier layer may be used as part of a movable reflective structure in interferometric modulators.02-25-2010
20080316568INFRARED AND DUAL MODE DISPLAYS - One inventive aspect relates to a display comprising a display element configured to selectively reflect light of a first wavelength in the infrared range and light of a second wavelength in the visible spectrum. Another inventive aspect relates to a color display comprising at least three reflective display elements. Each display element is configured to selectively reflect light of a different wavelength in the visible range. At least one of the three reflective display element is further configured to selectively reflect light of a wavelength in the infrared range.12-25-2008
20090091814STEREO PROJECTION OPTICAL SYSTEM - A stereo projection optical system, includes a first polarizing beam splitter configured for separating a light input into a first polarized light component and a second polarized light component; a first image assimilator positioned to receive the first polarized light component; a first image assimilator positioned to receive the second polarized light component. The first and second image assimilators respectively generate two images formed by the first polarized light component and the second polarized light component with spatial information. When a viewer wears glasses that have two polarizing lenses whose polarization is perpendicular to each other, the viewer can perceive projected images as being three-dimensional.04-09-2009
20090237767PREDISTORTION USING FPGA - Predistortion logic for an optical communications laser or optical modulator, includes predistortion logic embodied in a field programmable gate array (FPGA). A first analog to digital converter (ADC) provides a representation of an RF signal at an input of the FPGA. A digital to analog converter provides a representation of an output of the FPGA to a laser or modulator.09-24-2009
20090009846Optical System for a Thin, Low-Chin, Projection Television - A micro-mirror based projection display system in an enclosure with minimum chin and depth measurements is disclosed. A light source, such as a solid state laser light source, generates light of multiple primary colors that is modulated by a digital micro-mirror device. The projection optics of the system include a telecentric rear group of glass lenses with spherical surfaces, followed by a pair of aspheric lenses formed of plastic. A folding mirror, such as a single-piece or multi-piece angular mirror, is disposed between the aspheric lenses, to reduce the depth of the enclosure, and an aspheric mirror projects the image onto a TIR Fresnel projection screen. The aspheric lenses are magnifying to reduce the magnification required of the aspheric mirror, and the aspheric lenses and mirror are clipped to reduce enclosure volume. A folding mirror may be used after the aspheric mirror to further reduce the depth of the enclosure.01-08-2009
20080266638SEMICONDUCTOR LASER AND OPTICAL MODULE - In a horizontal cavity surface emitted laser, there is provided a device structure that is capable of obtaining a circular narrow-divergence emitted beam that is high in the optical coupling efficiency with a fiber. As a first means, there is provided a horizontal cavity surface emitting laser having a structure in which the plane mirror that is inclined by 45° and the bottom lens of the oval configuration are integrally structured. As a second means, there is provided a horizontal cavity surface emitting laser in which the mirror having the columnar front surface configuration inclined by 45° and the bottom lens of the columnar front surface configuration are integrally structured. Since the horizontal component and the vertical component of the laser beam can be shaped, independently, through the above means. As a result, it is possible to obtain the circular narrow-divergence emitted beam.10-30-2008
20090284820OPTICAL ELEMENT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - Ink having the optimum contact angle relative to a partition wall is selected for forming a pixel, based on the relationship with an inclination angle of the partition wall. The ink applied to the opening of the partition wall is dried to form the pixel such that an outer edge in contact with the partition wall has a thickness of at least 35% of the maximum height of the partition wall and a difference between the maximum thickness and the average thickness and a difference between the minimum thickness and the average thickness are not larger than 35% of the average thickness in an effective pixel area.11-19-2009
20080316569ILLUMINATION SYSTEM - An illumination system for providing an illumination beam to a light valve is provided. The illumination system includes a light source, a light integration rod, a color wheel, a first focusing unit and a second focusing unit. The light source is capable of generating the illumination beam, and the light integration rod is disposed on the transmission path of the illumination beam. The first focusing unit is disposed between the integration rod and the color wheel and is capable of focusing the illumination beam onto the color wheel. The second focusing unit is disposed between the color wheel and the light valve and is capable of focusing the illumination beam onto the light valve.12-25-2008
20080316570OPTICAL MODULATOR MODULE AND TEMPERATURE SENSOR - Disclosed is an optical modulator module having a micro-heater. The optical modulator module can include an optical modulator, modulating a beam of light emitted from a light source and emitting the modulated beam of light; and a micro-heater, manufactured in the optical modulator. The present invention provides an optical modulator module having a micro-heater and a temperature sensor that can control temperature in order to prevent an error of the operation of an optical modulator caused by the temperature and that can make the operation of an optical modulator stable within a shorter during of time directly after a power is supplied to the optical modulator module.12-25-2008
20080316566HIGH APERTURE-RATIO TOP-REFLECTIVE AM-IMOD DISPLAYS - High-aperture-ratio devices comprise active-matrix elements and interferometric modulators and methods of making thereof. The active-matrix element may be positioned behind the interferometric modulator with respect to incident light. In some embodiments, components of the active-matrix element may be formed on a first substrate, while components of the interferometric modulator may be formed on a second substrate, and the substrates may then be attached.12-25-2008
20090097092Image processing of an incoming light field using a spatial light modulator - A method, computer-usable medium and a system for varying an incoming light field are disclosed. Embodiments provide mechanisms for performing image processing on an incoming light field using a spatial light modulator which is adjusted based upon characteristics of the incoming light field. The spatial light modulator may be positioned between the viewed scene and the eye, and therefore, may be semi-transparent. The image processing may consist of tone mapping, color enhancement, beautification, edge enhancement, spectral separation of colors, spectral separation of metamers, object emphasis, other image processing, or some combination thereof. Additionally, embodiments compensate for parallax errors by adjusting the spatial light modulator based upon the position of an observer with respect to the spatial light modulator. And further, embodiments may be incorporated into optical devices, wearable optical devices, windows, windshields, and the like, where the semi-transparent spatial light modulator adjusts the image before entering the eye.04-16-2009
20090213448OPTICAL SYSTEM - An optical system, adapted for providing an image beam, including a light source, a beam splitting/combining device, and a light valve is provided. The light source provides an illumination beam. The beam splitting/combining device includes a first polarizing beam splitter (PBS), a second PBS, a quarter wave plate (QWP), and a reflector. The first PBS reflects a first illumination beam of the illumination beam from the light source and the second illumination beam from the light source passes through the first PBS. The second illumination beam from the first PBS passes through the second PBS and the QWP, reflected by the reflector, passes through the QWP, and reflected by the second PBS. The light valve converts the first illumination beam from the first PBS and the second illumination beam reflected by the second PBS into the image beam.08-27-2009
20100265557Optical Systems Configured to Generate More Closely Spaced Light Beams and Pattern Generators Including the Same - An optical arrangement includes a focusing lens and a plurality of light sources. The focusing lens is configured to focus a plurality of light beams to form an array of virtual light sources in an image plane. The plurality of light sources are configured to emit the plurality of light beams such that the light beams cross each other in a plane.10-21-2010
20090073533APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR USE OF A TUNABLE OPTICAL SOURCE IN SAFETY CURTAIN APPLICATIONS - Apparatus and methods for using a tunable optical source in safety curtain applications provide for enhanced operation of the safety curtain. In an embodiment, a safety curtain includes a transmit unit and a receive unit to operate as the safety curtain, where a single tunable light source generates different wavelengths of light and a single detector is used to detect the generated light.03-19-2009
20080316567Illumination Source and Method Therefor - An illumination source and a method therefor. A light source includes a light circuit configured to process light and direct light, and a lighting element optically coupled to the light circuit to provide multiple colors of light. The light circuit propagates light using light guides. The use of light guides eliminates the use of free space optical elements, enabling the creation of more compact light sources. Furthermore, the use of light guides may enable the creation of light sources with fewer mechanical restrictions, thereby making the light sources potentially more reliable and less expensive.12-25-2008
20090027752PROJECTION DISPLAY APPARATUS FOR REMOVING NOISE - A projection type of display apparatus for removing a noise is disclosed. In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, the projection type of display apparatus includes: a light source; an optical board, incidenting a beam of light emitted from the light source; and an optical modulator, being fixed on one surface of the optical board and modulating and emitting the beam of light that passed through the optical board. The blocking layer is formed on the optical board. With the present invention, it is possible to remove the noise of the image and display the image more clearly by enhancing the contrast.01-29-2009
20090009845MICROELECTROMECHANICAL DEVICE WITH OPTICAL FUNCTION SEPARATED FROM MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL FUNCTION - In certain embodiments, a microelectromechanical (MEMS) device comprises a substrate having a top surface, a movable element over the substrate, and an actuation electrode disposed laterally from the reflective surface. The movable element comprises a deformable layer and a reflective element mechanically coupled to the deformable layer. The reflective element includes a reflective surface. The movable element is responsive to a voltage difference applied between the actuation electrode and the movable element by moving in a direction generally perpendicular to the top surface of the substrate.01-08-2009
20080204846LASER SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - Each light detecting sensor, which is installed corresponding to each photoconductor drum, and to which the plurality of light beams passing through the scanning optical system are incident while moving in a main scanning direction includes a light-receiving device having a first light-receiving unit and a second light-receiving unit, which have different intervals from each other in the main scanning direction depending on a position of a sub-scanning direction, all the sizes of the first and the second light-receiving units being sizes covering an overall virtual area in a quadrangular shape surrounding a plurality of light spots in the light-receiving surface.08-28-2008
20110304897Optical Semiconductor Module and Method for Assembling the Same - An optical semiconductor module in which displacement resulting from fixation of lenses is effectively corrected includes a first lens (12-15-2011
20120008187System and Method for Operating Light Processing Electronic Devices - A system and method for operating an electronic device used in light processing. A method comprises altering a spatial relationship between a spatial light modulator (SLM) and a light incident on the SLM, shifting light modulator states of a first portion of light modulators to a second portion of light modulators, and placing a third portion of light modulators in the SLM into a performance degradation-reducing mode. The amount of shifting performed is proportional to the amount of change in the spatial relationship. The method allows for a change in light modulators used to modulate the light, thereby preventing the overuse of some of the light modulators, which may help to prevent degradation of the light modulators. The performance degradation reducing mode may help to further reduce or even reverse the performance degradation of the light modulators.01-12-2012
20080231931MEMS CAVITY-COATING LAYERS AND METHODS - Devices, methods, and systems comprising a MEMS device, for example, an interferometric modulator, that comprises a cavity in which a layer coats multiple surfaces. The layer is conformal or non-conformal. In some embodiments, the layer is formed by atomic layer deposition (ALD). Preferably, the layer comprises a dielectric material. In some embodiments, the MEMS device also exhibits improved characteristics, such as improved electrical insulation between moving electrodes, reduced stiction, and/or improved mechanical properties.09-25-2008
20130128330FIBER OPTICAL PACKAGE INTERCONNECT - Optical devices and systems including a polarization maintaining interconnect are disclosed. An optical assembly can include an optical component, a low-birefringence optical fiber and a polarization transformer. The polarization transformer is coupled between the optical component and the optical fiber. The polarization transformer is configured to transform between a substantially circularly-polarized light at the low-birefringence optical fiber and a substantially linearly-polarized light at the optical component.05-23-2013

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