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Steven E Muenter: Mirror actuator position sensor systems and methods. The Boeing Company, MacPherson Kwok Chen & Heid, Greg J Michelson, July 11, 2006: US07075700 (63 worldwide citation)

Systems and methods are disclosed herein to provide position information, such as for example via a mirror actuator position sensor. For example, in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, a mirror actuator is disclosed which utilizes its own capacitance to directly sense and provide ...


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Catherine B Lamberti, Steven E Muenter, Harold D Pierce: Rebound wall for ball sports. Jack C Munro, June 10, 2003: US06575851 (9 worldwide citation)

A rebound wall for a ball sport game permitting a player to hit a ball to the rebound wall and upon the ball rebounding to again hit the ball. The wall is to include sensors and transducers which can calculate and display scoring values based on where the ball strikes the rebound wall. A player can ...


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Steven E Muenter, Blair F Campbell: Laser range finding apparatus. The Boeing Company, Harness Dickey & Pierce, December 26, 2006: US07154591 (8 worldwide citation)

The laser range finding apparatus includes an optical relaxation oscillator assembly, outcoupling optics, a photodetector and a controller. The optical relaxation oscillator assembly produces relaxation oscillations. The relaxation oscillations are a series of optical pulses having a controllable re ...


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Steven E Muenter, Kenneth C Widen: Heterodyne lateral grating interferometric encoder. The Boeing Company, Thompson Coburn, May 24, 2005: US06897961 (7 worldwide citation)

A heterodyne lateral grating interferometer having a laser signal received by an AOM which generates several defracted order beams including a zero order beam and higher order beams. A lens system reimages the defracted order beams onto a stationary phase grating. An RF drive signal is received by t ...


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Steven E Muenter, Jon E Hunt: Optical sensing apparatus and method for determining highest intensity of light in an array. The Boeing Company, MacPherson Kwok Chen & Heid, Brent A Folsom, September 4, 2007: US07265331 (6 worldwide citation)

A plurality of optical sensing elements in an array where each element has a unique element address identifying the element location. Each element senses light and produces an element address signal in proportion to the intensity of the light sensed by the element. The element address signal corresp ...


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Steven E Muenter: Optical encoders for position measurements. The Boeing Company, MacPherson Kwok Chen & Heid, Greg J Michelson, November 6, 2007: US07291832 (2 worldwide citation)

Systems and methods are disclosed for providing position measurement information. For example, in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention, a multiple-pitch grating is disclosed which is adapted to receive one or more laser beams and provide an output laser beam encoded with position ...


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Steven E Muenter: Frequency multiplexed, multiple channel heterodyne interferometer. The Boeing Company, Canady & Lortz, Bradley K Lortz, July 29, 2008: US07405814 (1 worldwide citation)

A novel technique using an acousto-optic modulator (AOM) as part of a heterodyne interferometer which measures optical path differences between a test signal and a reference signal is disclosed. An array of distinct frequencies are used to drive the AOM, yielding a spatially dispersed array of frequ ...


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Steven E Muenter, Harold N Seiden: Laser intra-cavity electronic wavelength tuner. The Boeing Company, Rozenblat IP, July 21, 2009: US07564880

An apparatus for adjusting the wavelength of a laser capable of lasing at multiple wavelengths by using a single acousto-optical modulator and a pair of optical reflectors inside a laser cavity. By adjusting the frequency and amplitude of the radio-frequency source to the acousto-optical modulator, ...


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Steven E Muenter: System and method for stabilizing a laser output frequency. The Boeing Company, Thompson Coburn, February 28, 2006: US07006542

A system and method for stabilizing the frequency of the optical output signal of a laser wherein the laser output signal is interfered with at least one time delayed version of said signal to produce an optical interference signal having a frequency shift proportional to the rate of optical frequen ...