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Title: Fiber alignment apparatus and method

Abstract

A fiber alignment apparatus includes a micro-machined nickel spring that captures and locks arrays of single mode fibers into position. The design consists of a movable nickel leaf shaped spring and a fixed pocket where fibers are held. The fiber is slid between the spring and a fixed block, which tensions the spring. When the fiber reaches the pocket, it automatically falls into the pocket and is held by the pressure of the leaf spring.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2];  [2]
  1. Placitas, NM
  2. Albuquerque, NM
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
AT&T
OSTI Identifier:
871107
Patent Number(s):
US 5659647
Assignee:
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
DOE Contract Number:  
AC04-76DP00789
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
fiber; alignment; apparatus; method; micro-machined; nickel; spring; captures; locks; arrays; single; mode; fibers; position; design; consists; movable; leaf; shaped; fixed; pocket; held; slid; block; tensions; reaches; automatically; falls; pressure; leaf spring; mode fiber; single mode; alignment apparatus; fiber alignment; mode fibers; /385/

Citation Formats

Kravitz, Stanley H, Warren, Mial Evans, Snipes, Jr., Morris Burton, Armendariz, Marcelino Guadalupe, and Word, V., James Cole. Fiber alignment apparatus and method. United States: N. p., 1997. Web.
Kravitz, Stanley H, Warren, Mial Evans, Snipes, Jr., Morris Burton, Armendariz, Marcelino Guadalupe, & Word, V., James Cole. Fiber alignment apparatus and method. United States.
Kravitz, Stanley H, Warren, Mial Evans, Snipes, Jr., Morris Burton, Armendariz, Marcelino Guadalupe, and Word, V., James Cole. 1997. "Fiber alignment apparatus and method". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/871107.
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abstractNote = {A fiber alignment apparatus includes a micro-machined nickel spring that captures and locks arrays of single mode fibers into position. The design consists of a movable nickel leaf shaped spring and a fixed pocket where fibers are held. The fiber is slid between the spring and a fixed block, which tensions the spring. When the fiber reaches the pocket, it automatically falls into the pocket and is held by the pressure of the leaf spring.},
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place = {United States},
year = {1997},
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LIGA-based flexible microstructures for fiber-chip coupling
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Surface micromachined platforms using electroplated sacrificial layers
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