Patent Number: 6,298,181

Title: Optical fiber switching arrangement

Abstract: A switching arrangement for optical fibers is provided with a plurality of first optical fibers and a plurality of second optical fibers. A photoemitter element is arranged to communicate optically with a selectable one of the plurality of first optical fibers, and a photodetector element communicates optically with a selectable one of the plurality of second optical fibers. A communications arrangement enables optical communication between the photoemitter and photodetector elements, and respectively selected ones of the first and second optical fibers simultaneously. The communications arrangement has a displaceable portion and a stationary portion. A drive arrangement is coupled to the displaceable portion of the communications arrangement. A controller is coupled to the drive arrangement for controlling a displacement of the displaceable portion of the communications arrangement. Displacement is effected along a linear path, or in other embodiments, along a circular path.

Inventors: Nuzzio; Donald B. (Ringoes, NJ)

Assignee: Analytical Instruments Systems, Inc.

International Classification: G02B 6/35 (20060101); G02B 006/26 (); G02B 006/42 ()

Expiration Date: 10/02/2018