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29 March 1996 Universal detachable optical connector for military and commercial aerospace fiber optic modules
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Packard-Hughes Interconnect has developed a detachable connector for plugging to military and commercial aerospace fiber-optic modules. The connector comprises floating spring loaded fiber-optic termini with 1-mm ceramic ferrules, all contained within a 0.136-in thick, low-profile connector plug body. The connector is mated to the package via a patented retention clip mechanism which secures the plug body to metal posts attached to the package sidewall. Optical alignment between the connector plug terminus and the package is accomplished by an alignment sleeve and mating 1-mm ceramic ferrule mounted in the package nosetube. Connector demating is performed by actuating a release button mechanism integral to the connector plug body. The fiber-optic termini in the connector plug body are easily maintained without replacing the entire connector. This makes the repair/replacement process for a broken fiber pigtail or damaged terminus endface a low cost, fast, and simple operation. The insertion loss for a simplex connector mated to a Boeing FDDI Transmitter receptacle package using 100/140 micrometers graded index optical fiber is less than 0.5 dB at 1.3 micrometers wavelength.
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Michael D. Orr, Jim T. Hartley, Mark W. Beranek, Eric Y. Chan, Harold E. Hager, and Chi-Shain Hong "Universal detachable optical connector for military and commercial aerospace fiber optic modules", Proc. SPIE 2691, Optoelectronic Packaging, (29 March 1996);

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