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ElectroComponent Science and Technology
Volume 11 (1985), Issue 4, Pages 299-304

Optical Fibre Connectors for Harsh Environments

Plessey Connectors Limited, Northampton, UK

Received 1 December 1982; Accepted 21 March 1984

Copyright © 1985 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper describes the construction of a multiway Optical Fibre connector suitable for harsh environments, based on a ruggedised marine connector (Patt 608) shell, and employs expanded-beam principles. The connector utilises an array of sapphire sphere lenses force-fitted into a metal plate forming a flat mating surface with all the precision parts protected behind the lenses.