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Current and projected state of Joule-Thomson cooling technology
Author(s): Robert G. Hansen
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Paper Abstract

The cooling of infrared sensors and electro-optical devices by Joule-Thomson cryostats has been a viable systems option for electro optical systems since the 1960's. Currently, other options such as thermal electric coolers, closed cycle coolers and non-cooled detector technology are available and present alternatives for the system designer. In specific applications, Joule-Thomson cryostats still prove to be the option of choice. This paper will discuss the current and projected applications for Joule-Thomson cryostats as well as define and discuss the advantages of Joule-Thomson cooling technology. The importance of contamination control, reliability, and `Total Quality Management' in the manufacturing of Joule-Thomson cryostats will be emphasized.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 June 1996
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2746, Infrared Detectors and Focal Plane Arrays IV, (17 June 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.243042
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Robert G. Hansen, R. G. Hansen & Associates (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2746:
Infrared Detectors and Focal Plane Arrays IV
Eustace L. Dereniak; Robert E. Sampson, Editor(s)

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