What are Physical Contact Connectors?
Physical Contact (PC) connections are characterized by the physical mating of two optical fibers. Precision ceramic ferrules are typically utilized for PC connections. A PC connection is accomplished by terminating the optical fiber into a precision ceramic ferrule. Epoxy is used to affix the fiber into the ferrule. The tip of the ceramic ferrule is polished in a precise manner to ensure that light enters and exits at a known trajectory with little scattering or optical loss. Polishing the terminated ceramic ferrule is a critical process in Physical Contact fiber optic connectors.