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Connectors and Splices: Correct Alignment Spells Success

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Whether the job is splicing fibers together or connecting fibers to system devices, alignment is the key to success. This article explores the many ways to achieve that goal.

Paula Trindell, Tyco Electronics

Just as an electronic connector provides a pluggable connection between electronic circuits, a fiber optic connector provides an optical one. The goal is joining a fiber to a transmitter, receiver or another fiber with the lowest loss of optical power across the joint. Figure 1 shows a simplified example of fiber optic connections in a typical premises wiring application. This requires both fiber-to-device interconnections at the end points and fiber-to-fiber connections at patch panels and outlets. Figure 1. Fiber optics connects devices to patch panels. The critical factor in a...Read full article

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