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Title: Fiber optic connector

A fiber optic connector and method for connecting composite materials within which optical fibers are imbedded. The fiber optic connector includes a capillary tube for receiving optical fibers at opposing ends. The method involves inserting a first optical fiber into the capillary tube and imbedding the unit in the end of a softened composite material. The capillary tube is injected with a coupling medium which subsequently solidifies. The composite material is machined to a desired configuration. An external optical fiber is then inserted into the capillary tube after fluidizing the coupling medium, whereby the optical fibers are coupled.
Inventors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. (Knoxville, TN)
  2. (Lenior City, TN)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
870660
Assignee:
Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc. (Oak Ridge, TN) ORNL
Patent Number(s):
US 5568582
Contract Number:
AC05-84OR21400
Research Org:
LOCKHEED MARTIN ENRGY SYST INC
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
fiber; optic; connector; method; connecting; composite; materials; optical; fibers; imbedded; capillary; tube; receiving; opposing; involves; inserting; imbedding; unit; softened; material; injected; coupling; medium; subsequently; solidifies; machined; desired; configuration; external; inserted; fluidizing; whereby; coupled; composite materials; capillary tube; optical fibers; method involves; fiber optic; optical fiber; composite material; desired configuration; receiving optical; optic connector; coupling medium; composite mat; method involve; omposite materials; /385/