Optical Fiber Splice Sled.
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY WASHINGTON DC
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A housing for optical fibers to be spliced is described which includes a pair of movable sleds in recesses at each end supporting the opposing fibers and directing the fibers into opposite ends of a central alignment guide. Retainer sleeves crimped about the outer cable ends and locating sleeves around individual inner fiber jackets are positioned in slots in each sled to provide precise locations for the fibers. Grooves in the sleds align the fibers for insertion into the guide upon positioning the sleds in the housing. Movement of the sleds feeds the stripped and cleaved fiber ends through internally tapered rings into the ends of the alignment guide. Two fibers from respective cable ends may be supported on each sled to provide two splices in the same housing. The various elements are readily assembled and aligned, held securely in place and have negligible optical losses. The housing includes hinged upper and lower halves which are latched together to secure and protect the spliced fibers.
- Fiber Optics and Integrated Optics
- Non-Radio Communications