5 September 2014 Development of internal components for M38999 type connectors, for use in advanced photonic applications and with specialty optical fibers
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This presentation outlines development work performed to produce internal components (connector insert assemblies & optical terminus assemblies) to be fit into MIL-DTL-38999, or commercial off the shelf (COTS) equivalent, connector housings. Connectors modified with these internal components are then suitable for optical termination and transmission through specialty fibers such as polarization maintaining, small core single-mode, and others, with the ability to achieve high levels of performance in the areas of insertion loss, return loss, polarization extinction ratio (as applicable) and power handling capability (as applicable.) Technical details are presented to illustrate features within the optical terminus, and its insert cavity, which serves to allow for fiber/ferrule polar orientation, concentricity of mated termini ferrules and fibers terminated within, and other attributes designed to support optical performance goals. Finally, optical performance data is given and discussed to illustrate results achieved by production of evaluation cable assemblies. emblies.
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Alan Whitebook, Francois Caloz, "Development of internal components for M38999 type connectors, for use in advanced photonic applications and with specialty optical fibers", Proc. SPIE 9202, Photonics Applications for Aviation, Aerospace, Commercial, and Harsh Environments V, 920208 (5 September 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2061081; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2061081
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