07079725 is referenced by 6 patents and cites 88 patents.

An optical switch and method for assembling are described. Optical arrays are mounted on a flex plate with an interface between them. The direction of certain forces on the flex plate allows coupling/decoupling of the optical arrays. The flex plate includes an area which exhibits a different flex profile than the remainder of the flex plate and that is located beneath the optical arrays interface. Flexing of the flex plate optically couples the optical arrays. A tool with grooves is used to align the optical arrays relative to each other. The tool uses grooves and spheres to mate with the optical arrays in such a way as to provide an appropriate interface between the optical arrays.

Title
Optical switch assembly with flex plate and method for making
Application Number
10/954467
Publication Number
7079725 (B2)
Application Date
September 30, 2004
Publication Date
July 18, 2006
Inventor
John Fisher
Blacksburg
VA, US
David W Sherrer
Blacksburg
VA, US
Agent
Jonathan D Baskin
Assignee
Shipley Company L L C
MA, US
IPC
G02B 6/35
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