Quantum Patent Grants

Nanostructured materials for electrochemical conversion reactions

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9692039
The disclosure is related to battery systems. More specifically, embodiments of the disclosure provide a nanostructured conversion material for use as the active material in battery cathodes. In an implementation, a nanostructured conversion material is a glassy material and includes a metal material, one or more oxidizing species, and a reducing cation species mixed at a scale of less than 1 nm. The glassy conversion material is substantially homogeneous within a volume of 1000 nm3.

Data deduplication with adaptive erasure code redundancy

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9692452
Example apparatus and methods combine erasure coding with data deduplication to simultaneously reduce the overall redundancy in data while increasing the redundancy of unique data. In one embodiment, an efficient representation of a data set is produced by deduplication. The efficient representation reduces duplicate data in the data set. Redundancy is then added back into the data set using erasure coding. The redundancy that is added back in adds protection to the unique data…

Method for reliable and efficient filesystem metadata conversion

Granted: June 20, 2017
Patent Number: 9684677
A method for converting metadata in a hierarchical configuration within a filesystem from a first format to a second format includes reading metadata in the first format within the hierarchical configuration; writing the metadata from the hierarchical configuration into a flat file; and writing the metadata back into the hierarchical configuration, the metadata being in the second format. The method can also include increasing the size of each of a first inode and a second inode within a…

Multiwavelength quantum cascade laser via growth of different active and passive cores

Granted: June 20, 2017
Patent Number: 9685766
Disclosed is a method of forming a laser source capable of producing mid-IR laser radiation comprises growing a first core structure on a substrate, etching away the first core structure in one or more locations, and growing a second core structure on the substrate. At least one of the core structures comprises a quantum cascade gain medium emitting at a frequency within the range from 3-14 ?m. Also disclosed is a laser source capable of producing mid-IR laser radiation comprising a…

Integrated device with external light source for probing detecting and analyzing molecules

Granted: June 13, 2017
Patent Number: 9678012
System and methods for analyzing single molecules and performing nucleic acid sequencing. An integrated device includes multiple pixels with sample wells configured to receive a sample, which when excited, emits radiation. The integrated device includes at least one waveguide configured to propagate excitation energy to the sample wells from a region of the integrated device configured to couple with an excitation energy source. A pixel may also include at least one element for directing…

Systems and methods for acquiring and characterizing time varying signals of interest

Granted: June 13, 2017
Patent Number: 9678231
Methods or systems for identifying seismic or acoustic signals of interest originating with moving motorized vehicles or footstep movement or stationary or moving machinery. A related system for monitoring an area includes a plurality of sensing devices each comprising a frame and a piezo-electric sensor element. A monitoring device is coupled to receive information from each of the sensing devices. One method includes providing a processing chain coupled to receive signal data from a…

Liquefier with pressure-controlled liquefaction chamber

Granted: June 6, 2017
Patent Number: 9671159
A liquefier includes a Dewar having a storage portion and a neck portion extending therefrom. A hermetically isolated liquefaction chamber is disposed within the neck of the Dewar. One or more control components including a temperature and pressure sensor are coupled to a CPU and disposed within the liquefaction chamber for dynamic control of liquefaction conditions. A gas flow control is coupled to the CPU for regulating an input gas flow into the liquefaction chamber. A volume…

Processing quantum information

Granted: May 30, 2017
Patent Number: 9663358
A quantum information processor can include a control system and a system of processor nodes. Each of the processor nodes can include multiple qubits and an actuator. The control system can manipulate the qubits of multiple processor nodes based on cross-node quantum interactions between the qubits. In some instances, the control system may perform multi-qubit quantum gates on qubits of different processor nodes based on the cross-node quantum interactions. Within each processor node,…

Software, systems, and methods for enhanced replication within virtual machine environments

Granted: May 30, 2017
Patent Number: 9665582
Software, systems, and methods are disclosed herein for enhanced updating of replica storage volumes within virtual machine environments. A first group of data blocks of a plurality of data blocks on an underlying storage volume that have changed are identified. A second group of data blocks of the first group of data blocks that are live are identified. Changed data items associated with the second group of data blocks are identified. An ancillary process is initiated on the changed…

Composite electrodes for lithium ion battery and method of making

Granted: May 30, 2017
Patent Number: 9666870
A method for making a composite electrode for a lithium ion battery comprises the steps of: preparing a slurry containing particles of inorganic electrode material(s) suspended in a solvent; preheating a porous metallic substrate; loading the metallic substrate with the slurry; baking the loaded substrate at a first temperature; curing the baked substrate at a second temperature sufficient to form a desired nanocrystalline material within the pores of the substrate; calendaring the cured…

Method for allocating communication key based on android intelligent mobile terminal

Granted: May 30, 2017
Patent Number: 9668127
Disclosed is a method for allocating a communication key based on an Android intelligent mobile terminal. By establishing a universal secret communication platform on the bottom layer of an Android operating system, an intelligent mobile terminal is equipped with the functions of being able to interact with a secret communication support network, receiving a two-level key and using a received service key after decrypting same, thereby being able to provide universal bottom-layer support…

Mobile secret communications method based on quantum key distribution network

Granted: May 16, 2017
Patent Number: 9654287
A mobile secret communications method based on a quantum key distribution network, comprises the following steps: a mobile terminal registering to access the network and establishing a binding relationship with a certain centralized control station in the quantum key distribution network; after a communication service is initiated, the mobile terminals participating in the current communication applying for service keys from the quantum key distribution network; the quantum key…

Biomolecule sequencing devices, systems and methods

Granted: May 9, 2017
Patent Number: 9644236
Devices, systems and methods for sequencing protein samples are provided. In some examples, currents generated when a monomer passes through between electrodes of a nanogap electrode pair are measured for each of several different distances, so that monomers are identified when compared to a reference physical quantity of a known monomer, which may be obtained from a current measured with a similar inter-electrode distance(s) at which each of plural kinds of monomers are identifiable and…

Superlattice materials and applications

Granted: May 2, 2017
Patent Number: 9640616
A superlattice cell that includes Group IV elements is repeated multiple times so as to form the superlattice. Each superlattice cell has multiple ordered atomic planes that are parallel to one another. At least two of the atomic planes in the superlattice cell have different chemical compositions. One or more of the atomic planes in the superlattice cell one or more components selected from the group consisting of carbon, tin, and lead. These superlattices make a variety of applications…

Nanostructured materials for electrochemical conversion reactions

Granted: May 2, 2017
Patent Number: 9640793
The disclosure is related to battery systems. More specifically, embodiments of the disclosure provide a nanostructured conversion material for use as the active material in battery cathodes. In an implementation, a nanostructured conversion material is a glassy material and includes a metal material, one or more oxidizing species, and a reducing cation species mixed at a scale of less than 1 nm. The glassy conversion material is substantially homogeneous within a volume of 1000 nm3.

Multi-piece molded composite mandrel and methods of manufacturing

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9631452
A mandrel for downhole isolation tools includes multiple composite pieces assembled about a common longitudinal axis at one or more common joint surfaces to form said mandrel, wherein each of said composite pieces is configured having a cross-sectional area less than the cross-sectional area of said mandrel, and an attachment mechanism configured to secure together said common joint surfaces.

Object synthesis

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9633032
Apparatus, methods, and other embodiments associated with object synthesis are described. One example apparatus includes logic for identifying a block in a data de-duplication repository and for identifying a reference to the block. The apparatus also includes logic for representing a source object using a first named, organized collection of references to blocks in the data de-duplication repository and logic for representing a target object using a second named, organized collection of…

Solid state catholytes and electrolytes for energy storage devices

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9634354
The present invention provides an energy storage device comprising a cathode region or other element. The device has a major active region comprising a plurality of first active regions spatially disposed within the cathode region. The major active region expands or contracts from a first volume to a second volume during a period of a charge and discharge. The device has a catholyte material spatially confined within a spatial region of the cathode region and spatially disposed within…

Content distribution system and method

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9635408
Methods, systems, and articles of manufacture consistent with the present invention provide an electronic marketplace that matches units of content from secondary content providers with suitable vacancies from primary content providers. Vacancies may constitute, or be included in, any digital transmission containers, such as a television or radio programming, web pages, and the like. Specifically, the electronic marketplace automatically matches content offered by secondary content…

Pulsed laser and bioanalytic system

Granted: April 11, 2017
Patent Number: 9617594
Apparatus and methods for producing ultrashort optical pulses are described. A high-power, solid-state, passively mode-locked laser can be manufactured in a compact module that can be incorporated into a portable instrument for biological or chemical analyses. The pulsed laser may produce sub-100-ps optical pulses at a repetition rate commensurate with electronic data-acquisition rates. The optical pulses may excite samples in reaction chambers of the instrument, and be used to generate…