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1. (WO2017035035) FUSED EXPANDED BEAM OPTICAL FIBER CONNECTOR

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/035035    International Application No.:    PCT/US2016/047924
Publication Date: Fri Mar 03 00:59:59 CET 2017 International Filing Date: Sun Aug 21 01:59:59 CEST 2016
IPC: G02B 6/32
G02B 6/38
Applicants: COMMSCOPE, INC. OF NORTH CAROLINA
Inventors: BUSHNELL, Brian, K.
PARSONS, Earl, R.
LIVINGSTON, Joseph, C.
Title: FUSED EXPANDED BEAM OPTICAL FIBER CONNECTOR
Abstract:
A fiber optic connector includes a ferrule for holding a plurality of optical fibers. The ferrule has a first end and a second end. A plurality of optical fibers enter at the first end of the ferrule and extend to the second end of the ferrule, wherein ends of the plurality of optical fibers are approximately flush or slightly protruding along a mating face defining the second end of the ferrule. A lens frame (21) has a front surface (23) and a back surface (25), wherein the back surface abuts the second end of the ferrule. Lenses (37) are formed in the lens frame, wherein each lens of the plurality of lenses overlies a flush or protruding end of one of the plurality of optical fibers. Optionally, a film, mounted to a frame, is disposed between the ends of the plurality of optical fibers and the plurality of lenses. A first alignment sleeve (27) has a pin (33).