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Fiber Optic Connector with Inherent Wrap Capability

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000044916D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-06
Document File: 2 page(s) / 47K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Shekita, GA: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article describes an inexpensive fiber-optic connector for terminating transmit and receive fibers in a duplex optical cable. The connector is made from a light transmitting material, preferably an acrylic material, and has reflective surfaces for directing light injected into the housing from the emitter of an adjacent optical transceiver onto the detector of the same transceiver.

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Fiber Optic Connector with Inherent Wrap Capability

This article describes an inexpensive fiber-optic connector for terminating transmit and receive fibers in a duplex optical cable. The connector is made from a light transmitting material, preferably an acrylic material, and has reflective surfaces for directing light injected into the housing from the emitter of an adjacent optical transceiver onto the detector of the same transceiver.

Fig. 1 is a perspective view of one-half of the fiber-optic connector housing. The opposite half is identical. The housing 10 is grooves 12 and 14 for receiving the transmit and receive fibers in a duplex optical cable (not shown). The grooves are identical. Only one will be described. Each groove includes a relatively shallow region 16 in which the actual optical fiber will be seated and a deeper region 20 for receiving the fiber jacket. The region 20 includes protruding teeth 22 which can bite into the fiber jacket to provide strain relief for the cable. Surfaces 24 and 26 of the connector housing are highly polished and are preferably coated to reflect incident light.

Fig. 2 is a partial cross-sectional view showing a duplex optical cable 28 having a transmit fiber 30 and a receive fiber 32 seated in housing 10. Another identical housing (not shown) would trap the cable 28 in place. The connector would be positioned adjacent a transceiver including an emitter 34 and a detector
36. Light injected into the connector housing woul...