Miniature elbow joint in optical fiber and method for forming same

Application Number  00128655 Application Date  2000.08.11
Publication Number  1285520 Publication Date  2001.02.28
Priority Information   1999/8/11 US 60/148,375  
Applicant(s) Name  Thomas & Betts Internationa, Inc.  
Inventor(s) Name  Kerm V. Kirian;Frideric J. Jilem;Gerigli B. Papagian  
Patent Agency Code  72002 Patent Agent  wu jingbei
AbstractA fiber optic device for changing direction along a fiber optic path is provided. A first optical fiber having a first end portion, and a second optical fiber having a second end portion are joined at a fusion splice. A miniature bend is formed in the region of the fusion splice. The device is particularly useful for routing optical fibers in the field. A method of forming such a miniature bend in a fusion splice region between two optical fibers is also provided.