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Connector for Optical Fiber Light Conductor

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000046875D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hayward, CE: AUTHOR

Abstract

An optical fiber light conductor is attached to a connector that makes a screw connection to a connector that is attached to another light conductor or to a light sending or receiving apparatus. The connector is manufactured with a short length of fiber that is mounted with one end in a ferrule that is slideable along the axis of the connector so that the ferrule makes a yielding contact with a corresponding ferrule of the other connector. The connector has means for receiving and gripping the end of a fiber conductor with the end of the fiber in approximate contact with the free end of the short fiber that is held in the ferrule. The connector has an opening that permits access to the ends of the two fibers for making a fusion splice to join them. The drawing shows the connector 2 attached to an optical fiber conductor.

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Connector for Optical Fiber Light Conductor

An optical fiber light conductor is attached to a connector that makes a screw connection to a connector that is attached to another light conductor or to a light sending or receiving apparatus.

The connector is manufactured with a short length of fiber that is mounted with one end in a ferrule that is slideable along the axis of the connector so that the ferrule makes a yielding contact with a corresponding ferrule of the other connector. The connector has means for receiving and gripping the end of a fiber conductor with the end of the fiber in approximate contact with the free end of the short fiber that is held in the ferrule. The connector has an opening that permits access to the ends of the two fibers for making a fusion splice to join them. The drawing shows the connector 2 attached to an optical fiber conductor. The conductor has a fiber 3 and layers of supporting material 4 and 5, and it is retained within the connector housing 6. A short fiber 7 is mounted in a ferrule 8. The ferrule is retained by a ring 9 within limits of axial movement in connector housing 6. The housing is attachable to a tunnel 10 that also receives a mating ferrule 11. A spring 12 urges ferrule 8 into contact with ferrule 11. The connector is manufactured as a unit separate from the conductor of fiber 3, and the conductor and connector are assembled in the field. The connector has an opening 13 that permits fiber 3 to be fusion spliced...