Innovation and invention are daily occurrences at the College of Optical Sciences. The field of optics is full of possibilities — as Nobel laureate and OSC professor Nicolaas Bloembergen explains, " I think that what attracts me most ... is the eternal fascination of discovering, in my laboratory or at my desk, something that no one before me has found."

For more information about our faculty’s patents, see the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the UA Office of Technology Transfer's list of licensable technologies.


Patent Number Patent Title OSC Author(s) All Authorssort icon
6,809,887 Apparatus and method for acquiring uniform-resolution panoramic images Hong Hua

Chunyu Gao, Hong Hua and Narendra Ahuja

7,047,695 Steel frame stress reduction connection Ralph M. Richard

Clayton J. Allen, James E. Partridge and Ralph M. Richard

5,416,946 Sootblower having variable discharge

Clinton A. Brown and Sean McCafferty

6,847,460 Alignment and correction template for optical profilometric measurement Joanna Schmit

Colin T. Farrell, Anthony L. Martinez, Joanna Schmit and Michael B. Krell

4,270,130 Thermal deformation record device with bleachable dye

Conrad G. Houle, Dennis G. Howe, Harold T. Thomas, Joseph J. Wrobel and Bruce G. Fike

6,177,675 Gamma camera system having multiresolution detectors William G. Hawkins

Daniel Gagnon, Stephen D. Miller and William G. Hawkins

6,873,469 Projection device with wire grid polarizers Stephen C. McClain

Darianus Johannes Stephanes Maria De Vaan and Stephen McClain

3,632,214 Method and apparatus for stabilizing the phase of radiation Glenn T. Sincerbox

David C. Chang, Rodman S. Schools, Glenn T. Sincerbox and Tien-yu Tao

5,920,399 Multispectral imaging method and apparatus

David R. Sandison, Mark R. Platzbecker, Timothy D. Vargo, Randal R. Lockart, Michael R. Descour and Rebecca Richards-Kortum

4,419,750 Constant track width optical disk recording

Dennis G. Howe

4,359,750 Optical disc structure

Dennis G. Howe

4,349,901 Apparatus and method for reading optical discs

Dennis G. Howe

4,255,764 Film scanner employing optical splice technique for frame-rate conversion

Dennis G. Howe

4,236,183 Optical configurations for a rotating polygon film scanner

Dennis G. Howe

4,205,339 Frame storage and retrieval wherein the frame fields are quadrature amplitude modulated on a single carrier

Dennis G. Howe

4,176,377 Video disc configuration

Dennis G. Howe

6,112,324 Direct access compact disc, writing and reading method and device for same

Dennis G. Howe and Babak Tehranchi

4,530,082 Optical disc write/read employing passive focus maintenance

Dennis G. Howe and James A. Barnard

4,577,306 Method for optically writing and/or reading information on optical recording elements

Dennis G. Howe and Joseph J. Wrobel

4,360,908 Physically optimized optical disc structure, method and apparatus

Dennis G. Howe and Joseph J. Wrobel