Patent Number: 6,253,007

Title: Method and apparatus for connecting optical fibers

Abstract: An optical apparatus includes an optical fiber and a lens having a first face coupled to the optical fiber and a second face angled with respect to the first face to direct reflections generated at the second face away from the optical fiber. In one embodiment, the lens comprises a segment of a gradient index lens. In another embodiment, a connector couples the lens to a second lens that comprises a second segment of the gradient index lens. In this embodiment, a second optical fiber couples to the second lens to facilitate duplex transmission of optical signals with the first optical fiber.

Inventors: Laughlin; Richard H. (Richardson, TX)

Assignee: Optical Switch Corporation

International Classification: G02B 6/26 (20060101); G02B 6/32 (20060101); G02B 6/28 (20060101); G02B 6/38 (20060101); G02B 6/35 (20060101); G02B 006/321 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018