Fiber Optic Connection Method.
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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This invention relates to an attachment tool and method for attaching a connector to a plastic-covered optic fiber. The connector is formed with a bore slightly smaller than the covered fiber but slightly larger than the fiber core. The tool comprises a block of rigid material having a flat surface containing a straight groove running into and away from a central excision. The dimensions of the groove and excision are such that when the fiber is thread through the connector, and the connector is laid in the excision and the fiber in the groove, the fiber is substantially straight and centrally placed within the connector bore. A heater is used to heat the connector and soften the covering so that the fiber can be pulled through the bore by extrusion of the covering. The covering, which now fills the bore around the fiber core, is allowed to cool and harden, and the protruding fiber is cut off flush with the end of the connector.
- Fiber Optics and Integrated Optics