Integrated Optical Fiber Waveguide Connector/Package Assembly.
DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON DC
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This invention relates to an integrated connectorpackage assembly for single-stranded optical fiber waveguides. The integrated assembly comprises a coupler subassembly in which a plurality of coupled, single-strand, optical fiber waveguides are suspended and encased in a container, with the uncoupled end of each optical fiber waveguide bonded in a different port of the container, and with each port defined by a V-shaped groove in the body member of the container and by the lid member attached to the body member and, a plurality of connector elements having one end of each of a plurality of external, single-strand, optical fiber waveguides bonded thereto, with the connector elements releasably connected to the body member of the container, and with the bonded ends of the external optical fiber waveguides in abutting light-transmissive contact with the bonded ends of the coupled optical fiber waveguides. The integrated connectorpackage assembly in useable in an environment, such as in an aircraft, in which there is shock, vibration, changes in altitude and resultant changes in temperature, and fatigue due to long term exposure to high humidity while under stress.
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