WO/2010/105354 is referenced by 25 patents.
An elastically deformable holder has a holder body made of an elastically deformable material such as, for example, a shape memory alloy, that deforms elastically in response to an application of force. The holder also includes a fiber-receiving opening disposed within the holder body. The fiber-receiving opening defines a longitudinal slot extending through the body. The fiber-receiving opening is adapted to expand when force is applied to the holder body to thereby receive a fiber and then to contract when the force is released to thereby hold the fiber. The holder may be used to interface with either a plan emission/reception area or a side emission/reception area of a substrate (e.g. an integrated circuit or chip). The holder may include a deformation cavity to facilitate and then limit deformation of the body. The holder may include multiple fiber-receiving openings and even multiple substrate-receiving openings.