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Title: Fiber optic connector

A fiber optic connector and method for connecting composite materials within which optical fibers are imbedded are disclosed. 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. 3 figs.
Authors:
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
392653
Report Number(s):
US 5,568,582/A/
PAN: US patent application 8-322,797
DOE Contract Number:
AC05-84OR21400
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 22 Oct 1996
Research Org:
Lockheed Martin Energy Syst Inc
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; OPTICAL FIBERS; JOINING; COMPOSITE MATERIALS; COUPLINGS; SOLIDIFICATION; MACHINING