FOCCoS, "Fiber Optical Cable and Connector System", is a part of subsystem of Prime Focus Spectrograph”, for Subaru telescope. FOCCoS are divided in 3 different segments called Cable A, Cable B and Cable C. Multi-fibers connectors assure precise connection among all optical fibers of the segments, providing flexibility for instrument changes. Cable B is permanently installed at Subaru Telescope structure starting in a Connector Bench device and finishing at another different Connector Bench device. By this way, Cable B represent a link between the light entrance, from Cable C, and the light delivery, to Cable A. This cable will be routed to minimize the compression, torsion and bending caused by the cable weight and telescope motion. In this work, we present the current stage of development of Cable B as well as the detailing of its structures. In addition, we present the optical fiber cabling methodology and the test procedures involved in its characterization. A prototype of Cable B was constructed to help us to better understanding the real situation and was tested at Subaru Telescope.
The Fiber Optic Cable and Connector System, FOCCoS, is a set of optical cables to feed the Prime Focus Spectrograph, PFS, for Subaru telescope [01,02]. The extremity responsible for delivering light to spectrographs is called, FCA, Fiber Cable A. Cable A is the cable installed at the Spectrograph side and consists of the Fiber Slit Assembly, FSA, the routing with its support and the Fiber Input Assembly, FIA. FSA is composed of a set of optical fibers arranged linearly on the Slit device and supported by the Frame, protected by segmented tubes and routed between strain relief boxes and the connection interface. FIA is composed by the Connector Bench (Gang Connector) that allow connection with Cable B, at the Subaru Telescope interface, to receive light from Cable C where the fibers end is coupled with microlens. As four Spectrographs are considered for PFS/Subaru, four units of Cable A are necessary. In this paper, we present in details of a complete FCA to be installed in the spectrograph bench. We discuss about the general design, methods used to manufacture the involved devices.