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Connector Terminology

AW ALL-WET (Underwater Mateable)
BC Bulkhead Connector
BCL Bulkhead Connector Locking Sleeve Thread
BCP Bulkhead Connector Plug
BCR Bulkhead Connector Receptacle
BCRL Bulkhead Connector Receptacle (Long MINI-CONTM)
BH Bulkhead Connector
CCP Cable Connector Plug
CCR Cable Connector Receptacle
CIP Connector Insert Plug
CIR Connector Insert Receptacle
D Polyacetal
DC Dummy Connector
DE Double Ended
DSP Dummy Sealing Plug For Receptacle
DSR Dummy Sealing Receptacle
FAW Flat ALL-WET (Underwater Mateable)
FI Field Installable
FCR Flange Connector Receptacle
FLS Female Locking Sleeve
FO Fiber Optic
FS Rubber Molded Female Socket Connector
GRE Glass Reinforced Epoxy
HC Hermaphroditic Connector
HP High Pressure
HPS High Pressure Side
IDC Inboard Disconnect Connector
LM Rubber Molded (Unique)
LP Low Pressure
LPS Low Pressure Side
MAW Miniature ALL-WET Connector (Underwater Mateable)
MIN Miniature Series Connector
MLS Male Locking Sleeve
MP Rubber Molded Male Pin Connector
MSA Metal Shell Aluminum Connector (Series)
MSS Metal Shell Stainless Connector
N/W Nut/Washer
-P Pigtails On LPS Of Bulkhead Connector
PBC Pigtail Bulkhead Connector
PBCL Pigtail Bulkhead Connector Locking Sleeve Thread
PBOF Pressure Balanced Oil Filled
PLP Pins On Low Pressure Side
PSP Plastic Splash-Proof Plug For Receptacle
PSR Plastic Splash-Proof Receptacle For Plug
RA Right Angle
RM Rubber Molded
S OR SS Stainless Steel
SC Solder Cup Or Stress Core (Depending On Connectors)
SL Slip On Series (Rubber Molded)
SP Special (Designates A Non-Standard Feature)
SW Self Wiping
V Inverted
VM (Inverted) Rubber Molded Connector
VMSS (Inverted) Metal Shell Stainless
VMSA (Inverted) Metal Shell Aluminum
VMIN (Inverted) Miniature Series Connector
VS (Inverted) Glass Reinforced Epoxy
WOC Rubber Molded Connector Without Cable
XS Glass Reinforced Epoxy Connector

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Fiber Optic Terminology

SM Single Mode
MM Multi Mode
FDDI Fiber Distributed Data Interface
OFNR Optical Fiber Non-Conductive Riser
OFNP Optical Fiber Non-Conductive Planum
PCS Plastic Clad Silica

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Fiber Optic Definitions

Attenuation: Loss of signal power. Attenuation is typically measured in decibels per kilometer (dB/km) at a specific wavelength.
Bandwidth: Potential information carrying capacity, the amount of information that can be sent over a communication channel, increases with the frequency.
Bend Radius: Radius a fiber can bend before the risk of breakage or increase in attenuation.
Buffering: A protective material extruded directly on the fiber coating to protect it from the environment.
Cable Assembly: Fiber Optic cable that has connectors on one or both ends.
Cladding: The material surrounding the core of an optical waveguide. The cladding should have a lower index of refraction in order to steer the light in the core.
Coating: A material put over the cladding, during the drawing process, to protect the fiber from the environment.
Core: The central region of a fiber through which light is transmitted.
Decibal (dB): The unit for measuring the relative strength of a signal.
Dispersion: The spreading of light pulses as they travel down the fiber.
Fresnal Reflection Losses: Reflection losses incurred at input and output of optical elements due to the difference in refractive index between glass and the immersion medium.
Graded Index Fiber: Fiber design of optical fiber having a core refractive index that decreases almost parabolically and radially outward toward the cladding.
Index of Refraction: The ratio of light velocity in a vacuum to its velocity in a given transmitting medium.
Jumper Assembly: A cable assembly with connectors attached on both ends.
Micron (pm): Micrometer; one millonth of a meter.
Mode: A term used to describe a light path through a fiber.
Modulation: Coding of information onto the carrier frequency. This includes amplitude, frequency, or phase.
Multimode Fiber: An optical waveguide in which light travels in multiple modes.
Numerical Aparture: The number that expresses the light gathering power of a fiber.
Pigtail: A cable assembly with connectors at one end.
Scattering: A property of glass which causes light to deflect from the fiber and contributes to losses.
Singlemode Fiber: An optical waveguide in which only the lowest-order bound mode, which may consist of a pair of orthogonally polarized fields, can optical propagate at the wavelength of interest.
Step-Index Fiber: Optical Fiber which has an abrupt change in its refractive index, due to a core and cladding that have different indices of refraction. Typically used for singlemode.
Tight Buffer: A type of cable construction where each fiber is lightly buffered by a protective thermo-plastic coating to a diameter of 900pms.
Wavelength: The distance between crests of a waveform.

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