Patent Number: 6,311,010

Title: Variable optical attenuator with locking mechanism

Abstract: The present invention relates to a variable optical attenuator having a first housing and second housing that interlock with one another such that the first housing is able to rotate both clockwise and counterclockwise 360 degrees relative to the second housing without any movement between the housings and along the x-axis. Additionally, the first housing member of the present invention has exterior rings that align with interior grooves of the second housing member. Thus, the distance between the end of the fibers can be varied by securing the exterior circular rings on the first housing with different interior grooves on the second housing.

Inventors: Medeiros; Anthony W. (Bradenton, FL)

Assignee: Telephone Services, Inc. of Florida

International Classification: G02B 6/26 (20060101); G02B 6/38 (20060101); G02B 6/35 (20060101); G02B 6/36 (20060101); G02B 006/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018