Fiber Optic Connector Inspection Test Set
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4611 Chatsworth St., Shoreview, MN, 55126
AbstractThe endface of an optical connector must be precisely manufactured and well maintained to ensure reliable optical signal performance throughout its life. Harsh environments of military applications expose a connector to conditions that greatly increase the possibility for damage or contamination. We propose the development of a comprehensive, simple and robust testing instrument to objectively evaluate the complete health of existing pin and socket fiber optic termini at the site of installation. Phase I will explore the feasibility of integrating advanced micro-optical phase measuring functionality into a handheld imaging probe. The instrument will generate an enhanced data set of both visual and 3D information about connector endface parameters and produce a clear Go/No-Go evaluation. Connector health assessment will consider defects, contaminants as well as connector endface geometry parameters. PROMET is an excellent candidate for this project because of the extensive experience gained from the development of the FiBO line of interferometer products as well as optical instruments for various military applications. A hand-held interferometric probe would complement PROMET's FiBO line of fiber optic testing products and could be quickly and efficiently commercialized through its existing distributor network to customers in the defense, aviation and commercial sectors.
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