Patent Number: 6,169,826

Title: Optical switch

Abstract: In an optical switch for connecting optically a first optical fiber supported on a stationary supporting block to a second optical fiber supported on a movable supporting block being movable relative to the stationary supporting block between a first position for the optical connection between the terminating ends of the first and second optical fibers and a second position for disconnecting the optical connection therebetween and being adjacent to the stationary supporting block, and a magnetic flux generator for generating a magnetic flux for moving the movable supporting block relative to the stationary supporting block, the movable supporting block includes a soft magnetic substance so that the magnetic flux passes through the movable supporting block.

Inventors: Nishiyama; Toshikazu (Fukaya, JP), Mita; Masahiro (Fukaya, JP), Totsuka; Yoshiji (Kumagaya, JP), Nakategawa; Miki (Tokyo, JP), Sato; Kazutaka (Kashiwa, JP), Horino; Masaya (Ibaraki-ken, JP), Aida; Yasuo (Yokohama, JP)

Assignee: Hitachi Metals, Ltd.

International Classification: G02B 6/35 (20060101); G02B 6/36 (20060101); G02B 006/26 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018