Fiber Optic Connector With Micro-Alignable Sensing Fiber And Associated Fabrication Method

SUMMARY

A fiber optic connector and an associated fabrication method where the connector has a connector housing having a base side, a and pair of sidewalls upstanding from the base side that are spaced apart in relation to each other, and each of the housing sidewalls define at least one aperture through which optical signals can be transmitted into and out of the housing by an input optical fiber and an output optical fiber, respectively, located in fixed positions outside the housing, a pair of optical lens elements are contained within the housing which collimate optical signals transmitted via the respective optical fibers, and a micro-alignable sensing fiber is arranged between the lens elements. The sensing fiber is precisely aligned with respective lens elements within submicron tolerances using internally-housed micro-aligners. As a result, the fiber optic connector of the present invention can provide efficient coupling between optical fibers, such as optical fibers in two spliced composite parts.

Lehigh Tech ID# 123098-04

MARKET

Electronics and Optical market applications.

OPPORTUNITY

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App Type Country Serial No. Patent No. File Date Issued Date Expire Date
Utility United States 09/223,032 6,280,100 12/30/1998 8/28/2001 12/30/2018
For Information, Contact:
Yatin Karpe
Associate Director
Lehigh University
yak206@lehigh.edu
Inventors:
John Haake
Keywords:
Optical Elements
Optics