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Fiber optic connector

United States Patent

5,568,582
October 22, 1996
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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.
Rajic; Slobodan (Knoxville, TN), Muhs; Jeffrey D. (Lenior City, TN)
Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc. (Oak Ridge, TN)
08/ 322,797
October 13, 1994
This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC05-84OR21400 awarded by the United States Department of Energy to Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc. and the U.S. Government has certain rights in this invention.