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Hermaphroditic small tactical connector for single-fiber applications
Author(s): Bruce V. Darden; Bruce G. LeFevre; Vasilios E. Kalomiris
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Paper Abstract

A small simplex hermaphroditic connector has been designed for use in tactical fiber-optic communications systems and robotic vehicle applications. The rugged connector is intended for use wherever bi-directional transmission is required. It was designed to operate while meeting environmental and mechanical conditions typically encountered in tactical applications. This single-fiber connector is available in both multimode and single-mode versions. Measurements of prototype connectors show insertion loss of less than 1 dB when installed on either 50/125 im multimode fiber or singlemode fiber. This connector was designed to include some of the features of the TFOCA connector. In particular, these comprise cable retention hardware which requires neither special tools nor adhesives, waterproofing seals, and ease of cleaning without special kits. However, the simplex unit employs ST® connector technology whereas the TFOCA included biconic components. The connector was designed to accommodate cable diameters ranging from 2 to 4 mm, and is capable of withstanding tensile loads up to 1335 newtons. Operating temperature range is from -46° to +71°C. The new connector is 1.4 cm in diameter and 8.6 cm long, including bend limiter, and weighs less than 30 gm. A complementary bulkhead receptacle shares the same hermaphroditic interface and may be mounted on panels up to 6.4 mm thick. EMI shielding has been incorporated in the unit.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 1991
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1474, Optical Technology for Signal Processing Systems, (1 September 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.44934
Show Author Affiliations
Bruce V. Darden, AT&T Bell Labs. (United States)
Bruce G. LeFevre, AT&T Bell Labs. (United States)
Vasilios E. Kalomiris, U.S. Army (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1474:
Optical Technology for Signal Processing Systems
Mark P. Bendett, Editor(s)

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