US 9,810,631 B2
Wavelength scanning apparatus and method of use thereof
Abraham Oommen, Lincoln, NE (US); Matthew Greenleaf, Lincoln, NE (US); Adam Koch, Lincoln, NE (US); and Amitabha Sarkar, Lincoln, NE (US)
Assigned to STEM ARTS PROJECTS, LLC, Lincoln, NE (US)
Filed by STEM ARTS PROJECTS, LLC, Lincoln, NE (US)
Filed on Nov. 1, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/340,274.
Application 15/340,274 is a continuation in part of application No. 14/809,175, filed on Jul. 25, 2015, granted, now 9,568,429.
Prior Publication US 2017/0115222 A1, Apr. 27, 2017
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. G01N 21/64 (2006.01); C12Q 1/68 (2006.01)
CPC G01N 21/6428 (2013.01) [C12Q 1/6818 (2013.01); G01N 21/6452 (2013.01); G01N 2021/6419 (2013.01); G01N 2021/6421 (2013.01); G01N 2021/6432 (2013.01); G01N 2201/10 (2013.01)] 7 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A wavelength scanning apparatus for measuring fluorescence emission of a plurality of nucleic acid samples, comprising:
a structural support, the structural support
comprising a reset button and a reset
trigger, wherein
the reset button is in mechanical communication with the reset trigger; a heating block attached to the structural support, the heating block comprising
a plurality of sample wells, wherein
each of the plurality of sample wells forms an opening on a top side of the
heating block,
a plurality of excitation activation apertures, and
a plurality of fluorescence discharge apertures, wherein
each of the plurality of sample wells transitions to a corresponding excitation activation aperture of the plurality of excitation activation apertures and a corresponding fluorescence discharge aperture of the plurality of excitation activation apertures, and wherein
each of the plurality of excitation activation apertures forms an opening on a bottom side of the heating block and each of the plurality of fluorescence discharge apertures forms an opening on a front side of the heating block;
a stepper motor attached to the structural support;
an analysis scanner attached to the stepper motor, where the stepper motor moves the analysis scanner laterally, wherein the analysis scanner comprises
a flat surface, the flat surface comprising a plurality of excitation apertures, where each of the plurality of excitation apertures comprises a top and a bottom, and where
each of the plurality of excitation apertures comprises an excitation light filter; a front wall, the front wall having a plurality of emission apertures, where each of the plurality of emission apertures comprises a back and a front, and where
each of the plurality of emission apertures comprises a fluorescence emission light filter;
a plurality of light sources, where
each of the plurality of light sources is disposed in a corresponding excitation aperture of the plurality of excitation apertures;
a plurality of photodetectors, where
each of the plurality of photodetectors is disposed in a corresponding emission aperture of the plurality of emission apertures;
and where the flat surface of the analysis scanner substantially aligns with the bottom side of the heating block and the front wall of the analysis scanner substantially aligns with the front side of the heating block.