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RMs1: qualification results of the rotary miniature Stirling cryocooler at Thales Cryogenics
Author(s): Jean-Yves Martin; Cédric Seguineau; Sébastien Van-Acker; Mikel Sacau; Julien Le Bordays; Thierry Etchanchu; Christophe Vasse; Christian Abadie; Gilles Laplagne; Tonny Benschop
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Paper Abstract

The trend for miniaturized Integrated Dewar and Cooler Assemblies (IDCA) has been confirmed over the past few years with several mentions of a new generation of IR detector working at High Operating Temperature (HOT). This key technology enables the use of cryocooler with reduced needs of cryogenics power. As a consequence, miniaturized IDCA are the combination of a HOT IR detector coupled with a low-size, low-weight and low-power (SWaP) cryocooler. Thales Cryogenics has developed his own line of SWaP products. Qualification results on linear solution where shown last year. The current paper focuses on the latest results obtained on RMs1 prototypes, the new rotary SWaP cryocooler from Thales Cryogenics. Cryogenic performances and induced vibrations are presented. In a second part, progress is discussed on compactness and weight on one side, and on power consumption on the other side. It shows how the trade-off made between weight and power consumption could lead to an optimized solution at system level. At least, an update is made on the qualification status.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 May 2017
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 10180, Tri-Technology Device Refrigeration (TTDR) II, 1018008 (5 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2262603
Show Author Affiliations
Jean-Yves Martin, Thales Cryogénie S.A. (France)
Cédric Seguineau, Thales Cryogénie S.A. (France)
Sébastien Van-Acker, Thales Cryogénie S.A. (France)
Mikel Sacau, Thales Cryogénie S.A. (France)
Julien Le Bordays, Thales Cryogénie S.A. (France)
Thierry Etchanchu, Thales Cryogénie S.A. (France)
Christophe Vasse, Thales Cryogénie S.A. (France)
Christian Abadie, Thales Cryogénie S.A. (France)
Gilles Laplagne, Thales Cryogénie S.A. (France)
Tonny Benschop, Thales Cryogenics B.V. (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10180:
Tri-Technology Device Refrigeration (TTDR) II
Richard I. Epstein; Bjørn F. Andresen; Tonny Benschop; Joseph P. Heremans; Sergey V. Riabzev; Mansoor Sheik-Bahae, Editor(s)

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