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Static Elimination in Fiber Optic Connectors

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000053045D
Original Publication Date: 1981-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-12

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Balliet, L Wylie, TJ [+details]

Abstract

Static electricity builds up on the ends of optical glass fibers. The static charges attract dirt particles from the air and create problems in handling and in connector applications. Some commercially available connectors have fibers suspended within a connector housing when the mated halves are disconnected and/or when the fibers are installed. Under these conditions, the static charges are especially undesirable and contamination is most pronounced.