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Fiber Optic Connector

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000044744D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-06
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kantner, EA: AUTHOR

Abstract

Figures 1 and 2 show a fiber optic connector system suitable for connecting line-to-line fiber optic conductors. The connector system includes a reservoir of hermetically sealed index matching fluid. Each section carries a piercing needle which is used to puncture the sealing diaphragm associated with the other section and allow the fiber conductors to be placed in linear alignment in the index matching fluid.

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Fiber Optic Connector

Figures 1 and 2 show a fiber optic connector system suitable for connecting line-to-line fiber optic conductors. The connector system includes a reservoir of hermetically sealed index matching fluid. Each section carries a piercing needle which is used to puncture the sealing diaphragm associated with the other section and allow the fiber conductors to be placed in linear alignment in the index matching fluid.

Figure 1 shows an external view of the connector while Figure 2 shows a cross-sectional view. The fiber optic connector system includes a male and female section. Each section is fitted with tabs for mounting to the outer jacket of the fiber optic connector. A central opening is fabricated in each of the sections.

In order to assemble the connector, each section is mounted to the outer jacket of the conductors to be joined and the fibers are forced through their respective openings into the index matching fluid. Because the ends of the fibers are in fluidic communication, the need for precise polishing is eliminated.

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