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1. WO1996002861 - FACE-LOCK INTERCONNECTION MEANS FOR OPTICAL FIBERS AND OTHER OPTICAL COMPONENTS, AND MANUFACTURING METHODS OF THE SAME

Publication Number WO/1996/002861
Publication Date 01.02.1996
International Application No. PCT/US1995/009296
International Filing Date 18.07.1995
Chapter 2 Demand Filed 15.02.1996
IPC
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GPHYSICS
02OPTICS
BOPTICAL ELEMENTS, SYSTEMS, OR APPARATUS
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24Coupling light guides
26Optical coupling means
G02B 6/30 2006.01
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02OPTICS
BOPTICAL ELEMENTS, SYSTEMS, OR APPARATUS
6Light guides; Structural details of arrangements comprising light guides and other optical elements, e.g. couplings
24Coupling light guides
26Optical coupling means
30for use between fibre and thin-film device
G02B 6/32 2006.01
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02OPTICS
BOPTICAL ELEMENTS, SYSTEMS, OR APPARATUS
6Light guides; Structural details of arrangements comprising light guides and other optical elements, e.g. couplings
24Coupling light guides
26Optical coupling means
32having lens focusing means
G02B 6/35 2006.01
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24Coupling light guides
26Optical coupling means
35having switching means
G02B 6/36 2006.01
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36Mechanical coupling means
G02B 6/38 2006.01
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6Light guides; Structural details of arrangements comprising light guides and other optical elements, e.g. couplings
24Coupling light guides
36Mechanical coupling means
38having fibre to fibre mating means
CPC
G02B 6/262
GPHYSICS
02OPTICS
BOPTICAL ELEMENTS, SYSTEMS, OR APPARATUS
6Light guides
24Coupling light guides
26Optical coupling means
262Optical details of coupling light into, or out of, or between fibre ends, e.g. special fibre end shapes or associated optical elements
G02B 6/30
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02OPTICS
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6Light guides
24Coupling light guides
26Optical coupling means
30for use between fibre and thin-film device
G02B 6/325
GPHYSICS
02OPTICS
BOPTICAL ELEMENTS, SYSTEMS, OR APPARATUS
6Light guides
24Coupling light guides
26Optical coupling means
32having lens focusing means ; positioned between opposed fibre ends
325comprising a transparent member, e.g. window, protective plate
G02B 6/3502
GPHYSICS
02OPTICS
BOPTICAL ELEMENTS, SYSTEMS, OR APPARATUS
6Light guides
24Coupling light guides
26Optical coupling means
35having switching means
3502involving direct waveguide displacement, e.g. cantilever type waveguide displacement involving waveguide bending, or displacing an interposed waveguide between stationary waveguides
G02B 6/3582
GPHYSICS
02OPTICS
BOPTICAL ELEMENTS, SYSTEMS, OR APPARATUS
6Light guides
24Coupling light guides
26Optical coupling means
35having switching means
3564Mechanical details of the actuation mechanism associated with the moving element or mounting mechanism details
3582Housing means or package or arranging details of the switching elements, e.g. for thermal isolation
G02B 6/3636
GPHYSICS
02OPTICS
BOPTICAL ELEMENTS, SYSTEMS, OR APPARATUS
6Light guides
24Coupling light guides
36Mechanical coupling means
3628for mounting fibres to supporting carriers
3632characterised by the cross-sectional shape of the mechanical coupling means
3636the mechanical coupling means being grooves
Applicants
  • SHEEM, Sang, K. [US/US]; US
Inventors
  • SHEEM, Sang, K.; US
Priority Data
08/276,82918.07.1994US
Publication Language English (EN)
Filing Language English (EN)
Designated States
Title
(EN) FACE-LOCK INTERCONNECTION MEANS FOR OPTICAL FIBERS AND OTHER OPTICAL COMPONENTS, AND MANUFACTURING METHODS OF THE SAME
(FR) MOYENS D'INTERCONNEXION A VERROUILLAGE FACE CONTRE FACE, POUR FIBRES OPTIQUES ET POUR AUTRES COMPOSANTS OPTIQUES, ET PROCEDES DE FABRICATION CORRESPONDANTS
Abstract
(EN)
A novel means for interconnecting optical fibers (1), (2) or waveguide channels is disclosed, in which two matching surface contours are fabricated, one contour (7), (8) on the plane containing the end face of the fiber or the waveguide channel, and the other contour (9), (10) on a surface to which the optical fiber or waveguide channel is to be mated. The matching surface contours are face-locked in a stable and unique position when the two surfaces are brought to each other, thereby positioning the end of the optical fiber or waveguide channel on a pre-determined location on the mating surface. The matched surface contours may be created on the end facet of the optical fiber (1), (2) itself, or on the outwardly-extended surface of the end facet. The same interconnection means may be applied for connecting other optical components such as lenses and light sources. Modular approach is feasible in which a combination of face-lock embodiments are stacked together to align these optical components.
(FR)
Cette invention se rapporte à un nouveau moyen qui permet de connecter entre eux des fibres optiques (1, 2) ou des canaux guides d'ondes et dans lequel deux contours de surface coïncidants sont fabriqués, l'un (7, 8) de ces deux contours sur le plan contenant la face terminale de la fibre ou du canal guide d'ondes et l'autre contour (9, 10) sur une surface à laquelle doit être joint la fibre optique ou le canal guide d'ondes. Les contours de surface à joindre sont verrouillés face contre face dans une position stable et unique lorsque les deux surfaces sont amenées l'une contre l'autre, ce qui place l'extrémité de la fibre optique ou du canal guide d'ondes dans une position prédéterminée sur la surface de jointement. Les contours de surface coïncidants peuvent être créés sur la facette terminale de la fibre optique (1, 2) elle-même ou sur la surface de cette facette terminale qui s'étend vers l'extérieur. Ce même moyen d'interconnexion peut être utilisé pour connecter d'autres composants optiques tels que des lentilles et des sources de lumière. Une approche modulaire est possible, dans laquelle une combinaison de réalisations à verrouillage face contre face sont empilées ensemble pour permettre l'alignement de ces composants optiques.
Also published as
KR1019970700321
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