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Military Qualification Testing Of An FSMA Crimp & Cleave Fiber Optic Connector
Author(s): R. E. Hille; J. J. Vines; B. J. LaGier
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Paper Abstract

As fiber optics applications grow in many military areas, many of which are in critical and adverse environments, the need for reliable and easy to field-assemble optical termina-tions has become more essential. A family of multimode "crimp & cleave", no epoxy, no polish, FSMA style fiber optic connectors has been developed (see Fig 1). These connectors are designed to take advantage of the unique properties of Hard Clad Silica (HCS®) fibers. Unlike other crimp and cleave connectors, this system employs a metal crimp applied directly onto the fiber's hard polymeric cladding. This retention mechanism is remarkably stable over a wide range of temperatures and environmental conditions. The connector system is designed for short haul applications in which the field installation time of less than 3 minutes and the environmental reliability are more important than extremely low insertion loss. This paper will describe the connector, MIL-C-83522/15, and the qualification testing done to meet the MIL-C-83522B specification.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 February 1989
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0988, Components for Fiber Optic Applications III and Coherent Lightwave Communications, (23 February 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.959757
Show Author Affiliations
R. E. Hille, Ensign-Bickford Optics Company (United States)
J. J. Vines, Ensign-Bickford Optics Company (United States)
B. J. LaGier, Ensign-Bickford Optics Company (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0988:
Components for Fiber Optic Applications III and Coherent Lightwave Communications
Paul M. Kopera; Harish R. Sunak, Editor(s)

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