Patent Number: 6,480,651

Title: Method and apparatus for aligning optical components

Abstract: A method and apparatus for aligning optical components effectively lockspairs of ports in alignment, while simultaneously allowing furtheralignment of the same or a different pair of ports. The effective lockingof pairs of ports is achieved by providing a virtual pivot point close tothe ports, via a relatively fast compensating movement. In the preferredembodiment, the relatively fast compensating movement is provided by amechanism based on a electromagnet. Since the ports are locked, i.e., arealways aligned with being affected by any other activities, the instantmethod and apparatus for alignment is highly suitable for automation.

Inventors: Rabinski; Guenadi (Nepean, CA)


International Classification: G02B 6/42 (20060101); G02B 6/30 (20060101); G02B 006/26 (); G02B 006/42 ()

Expiration Date: 11/12014