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Fiber alignment apparatus and method

United States Patent

5,659,647
August 19, 1997
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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.
Kravitz; Stanley H. (Placitas, NM), Warren; Mial Evans (Albuquerque, NM), Snipes, Jr.; Morris Burton (Albuquerque, NM), Armendariz; Marcelino Guadalupe (Albuquerque, NM), Word, V.; James Cole (Albuqueruqe, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
08/ 549,903
October 30, 1995
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC04-76DP00789 between the United States Department of Energy and Sandia Corporation.