These assemblies were manufactured by Schott in Germany. Each cable comprises a bundle of optical fibres encased in a black plastic sheath. The fibre optic bundle is approximately 1mm in diameter and the overall sheath dameter is 2mm. Both ends of the fibres have been crimped into brass shouldered ferrules approximately 3mm diameter, and 8mm long, glued and polished. (These ferrules are a push fit into a 3mm hole.)
The cables are available in a variety of lengths, from 220mm up to 730mm. The sheath can be easily removed by pulling from one end, (after cutting off the ferrule), to allow the fibres to droop as in common fibre optic lamps.
Uses for these assemblies include: * Railway signals with a central light source, or with a coloured filter linked to a points motor; * Cold illumination of microscope specimens; * Photo detection in inaccessible places; * A twinkling star - spangled ceiling, (just poke the ferrules through a board and lead the other ends to a spinner on a geared motor above a bulb to give a twinkling effect.); * Illuminated clothing!!!!
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