Electrical and Fiber-Optic Connector.
Patent, Filed 25 Nov 94, patented 28 May 96,
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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There is presented a hybrid electrical and fiber optic connector and a method of making same. The connector comprises a plurality of bodies, the bodies including at least one fiber-optic ferrule having extending centrally therethrough a single optical fiber, and at least one electrical contact having an electrically conductive wire fixed thereto. The connector further includes structure exercising a radially compressive force on the bodies for urging the bodies into a configuration in which said bodies are coparallel and nested so as to form a stable bundle which in transverse section is substantially axisymmetrical and retaining said bodies in the configuration. The connector still further includes alignment structure for angular positioning of said bodies in said connector in said transverse section about a nominal longitudinal axis of said bundle for registry of the connector with a second connector of complementary configuration.
- Fiber Optics and Integrated Optics