Optical Fiber Switch
Original Publication Date: 1987-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
This article describes a dial-operated mechanism for shifting parallel optical fibers from one set of V-grooves to a laterally displaced set of V-grooves. Referring to Fig. 1, a fiber carrier 8 has a circular head 10 with a set of openings 12 for the shiftable fibers. The head 10 is connected to a guide pin 14 through a connecting rod 16. A dial 18 includes an eccentric opening 20 for receiving the head 10. Dial 18 includes a slot 22 which extends half-way about its perimeter. The connecting rod 16 extends through the slot 22. Carrier 8 and dial 18 are assembled in a base 23 including a circular recess 24 having an opening 26 for the connecting rod 16. The guide pin 14 is received within slots 28. The base 23 includes V-grooves 30 for fixed position fibers.