Connector for Optical Fiber Light Conductor
Original Publication Date: 1983-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
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.