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Title: Fiber alignment apparatus and method

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];  [2];  [3]
  1. (Placitas, NM)
  2. (Albuquerque, NM)
  3. (Albuqueruqe, NM)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
871107
Assignee:
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM) SNL
Patent Number(s):
US 5659647
Contract Number:
AC04-76DP00789
Research Org:
AT & T CORP
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/

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