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Fiber-Optic Connector

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000044313D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 21K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Grune, GL: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

This article describes an improved fiber-optic connector and a method for attaching the same to a fiber-optic conductor. The fiber-optic connector consists of a ferrule 10 with a tapered hole 12 therein. Preferably, the ferrule is fabricated from a high strength injection- molded clear plastic. A short length of fiber-optic material 14 is installed in the ferrule tip. The fiber-optic material is precision polished in the factory to eliminate polish problems in the field. The factory-finished ferrule with its fiber-optic stub is shipped to the field and can be installed, as need be, to a fiber end. To achieve installment, a hand-held cleave tool (not shown) is used to cleave the fiber (not shown) to a predetermined length. The optical fiber is then positioned in the ferrule to abut against the pre-installed stub.

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Fiber-Optic Connector

This article describes an improved fiber-optic connector and a method for attaching the same to a fiber-optic conductor. The fiber-optic connector consists of a ferrule 10 with a tapered hole 12 therein. Preferably, the ferrule is fabricated from a high strength injection- molded clear plastic. A short length of fiber-optic material 14 is installed in the ferrule tip. The fiber-optic material is precision polished in the factory to eliminate polish problems in the field. The factory- finished ferrule with its fiber-optic stub is shipped to the field and can be installed, as need be, to a fiber end. To achieve installment, a hand-held cleave tool (not shown) is used to cleave the fiber (not shown) to a predetermined length. The optical fiber is then positioned in the ferrule to abut against the pre-installed stub. The opening is then filled with an ultraviolet cured adhesive. An ultraviolet light source is next incident on the ferrule and, as a result, the adhesive is cured so as to bond the fiber into the ferrule.

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