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Managing the cryogenic systems of SCUBA-2 for long term operation
Author(s): Jamie L. Cookson; Dan Bintley
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Paper Abstract

SCUBA-2 has been operational on JCMT producing excellent science for almost 5 years. We describe the strategy and methods that we have evolved to keep one of the world’s first “dry dilution refrigerators” and the other cryogenic systems working effectively at the summit of Mauna Kea, keeping the instrument functioning at peak efficiency for extended periods (over 12 months at a time), with minimum downtime. We discuss new plans to reduce day-to-day operational costs and to add remote management of the gas handling systems, as we look to the future and envisage another ten years of SCUBA-2 science.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 July 2016
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9914, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VIII, 99142M (19 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233347
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Jamie L. Cookson, East Asian Observatory (United States)
Dan Bintley, East Asian Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9914:
Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VIII
Wayne S. Holland; Jonas Zmuidzinas, Editor(s)

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