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Robust, self-aligning, low-cost connector for large core optical waveguides

United States Patent Application

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The optical waveguide connector comprises at least two optical waveguides abutting at a joint, the waveguides having a diameter variance in a predetermined range; a cover at least partially enclosing at least two optical waveguides, the cover having a first end, a second end, and an interior annular space; a collet proximate each first end and second end of the cover and removably coupled to an optical waveguide; and a sleeve removably abutting each collet and circumferentially surrounding the cover and each collet.
Maxey, Lonnie Curtis (Powell, TN)
10/ 876,391
June 25, 2004
[0001] This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-AC05-000R22725 awarded to UT-Battelle, LLC, by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.