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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 10 — Apr. 1, 1998
  • pp: 1762–1763

Teflon feedthrough for coupling optical fibers into ultrahigh vacuum systems

Eric R.I. Abraham and Eric A. Cornell  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 10, pp. 1762-1763 (1998)

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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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OCIS Codes
(000.3110) General : Instruments, apparatus, and components common to the sciences
(060.1810) Fiber optics and optical communications : Buffers, couplers, routers, switches, and multiplexers

Original Manuscript: June 13, 1997
Revised Manuscript: November 17, 1997
Published: April 1, 1998

Eric R.I. Abraham and Eric A. Cornell, "Teflon feedthrough for coupling optical fibers into ultrahigh vacuum systems," Appl. Opt. 37, 1762-1763 (1998)

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  1. M. J. Renn, D. Montgomery, O. Vdovin, D. Z. Anderson, C. E. Wieman, E. A. Cornell, “Laser-guided atoms in hollow-core optical fibers,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 75, 3253–3256 (1995). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  2. Swagelok and Teflon are trade names that are used here for identification purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement by the authors or their institutions.

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