We present an inexpensive, reusable method of introducing optical fibers into ultrahigh vacuum systems. A Teflon ferrule with a center-drilled hole slightly larger than the fiber diameter replaces the metal ferrules of a standard Swagelok connector. The Swagelok connector when tightened compresses the Teflon to form a vacuum seal for pressures of ≤2 × 10−10 Torr.
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(000.3110) General : Instruments, apparatus, and components common to the sciences
(060.1810) Fiber optics and optical communications : Buffers, couplers, routers, switches, and multiplexers
Eric R.I. Abraham and Eric A. Cornell, "Teflon Feedthrough for Coupling Optical Fibers Into Ultrahigh Vacuum Systems," Appl. Opt. 37, 1762-1763 (1998)