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Unique design for use of closed cycle refrigerators for astronomical observations
Author(s): Timothy A. Ellis; John K. Little; J. C. Christeler; Richard C. Riedy
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Paper Abstract

The use of closed cycle cryogenic refrigerators in astronomical applications has been limited due to vibration problems. A closed cycle cooler system to cool instruments to about 50 K and the detectors below 20 K has been designed. The design uses two cold heads diametrically opposed to cancel vibration input to both the telescope and the instrument optical system. The use of vibration damping material to isolate the cold heads results in a nominally vibration free system. A reduction in low frequency vibration amplitude approaching three orders of magnitude was witnessed. This has been demonstrated both in the laboratory and while the system was operating on a telescope.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1990
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 1235, Instrumentation in Astronomy VII, (1 July 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19101
Show Author Affiliations
Timothy A. Ellis, National Optical Astronomy Observatories (United States)
John K. Little, National Optical Astronomy Observatories (United States)
J. C. Christeler, Balzers (United States)
Richard C. Riedy, Balzers (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1235:
Instrumentation in Astronomy VII
David L. Crawford, Editor(s)

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