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Low-temperature hermetic sealing of optical fiber components

United States Patent

*** EXPIRED ***
October 22, 1996
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A method for manufacturing low-temperature hermetically sealed optical fi components is provided. The method comprises the steps of: inserting an optical fiber into a housing, the optical fiber having a glass core, a glass cladding and a protective buffer layer disposed around the core and cladding; heating the housing to a predetermined temperature, the predetermined temperature being below a melting point for the protective buffer layer and above a melting point of a solder; placing the solder in communication with the heated housing to allow the solder to form an eutectic and thereby fill a gap between the interior of the housing and the optical fiber; and cooling the housing to allow the solder to form a hermetic compression seal between the housing and the optical fiber.
Kramer; Daniel P. (Centerville, OH)
The United States of America as represented by the Department of Energy (Washington, DC)
08/ 403,019
March 13, 1995
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC04-88DP43495 between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and EG&G Mound Applied Technologies.