Interconnection devices refer to any mechanism or technique used to join an optical fiber to another fiber or to a fiber optic component. The most common interconnection device is the connector. Connectors were once the most difficult aspect of the commercialization of fiber optics. Today, nothing could be further from the truth. Fiber optic connectors have gone through several development generations in a few years and are now mature and highly reliable devices. The only drawback at this time is the almost bewildering number of connectors to choose from. Table 8.1 summarizes the evolution of fiber optic connectors.
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