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Performance enhancement of linear stirling cryocoolers
Author(s): Herbert Korf; Ingo Ruehlich; Th. Wiedmann
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Paper Abstract

Performance and reliability parameters of the AIM Stirling coolers have been presented in several previous publications. This paper focuses on recent developments at AIM for the COP improvement of cryocoolers in IR-detectors and systems applications. Improved COP of cryocoolers is a key for optimized form factors, weight and reliability. In addition, some systems are critical for minimum input power and consequently minimum electromagnetic interference or magnetic stray fields, heat sinking or minimum stress under high g-level, etc. Although performance parameters and loss mechanism are well understood and can be calculated precisely, several losses still had been excessive and needed to be minimized. The AIM program is based on the SADA I cryocooler, which now is optimized to carry 4.3 W net heat load at 77K. As this program will lead into applications on a space platform, in a next step AIM is introducing flexure bearings and in a final step, an advanced pulse tube cold head will be implemented. The performance of the SADA II cooler is also improved by using the same tools and methods than used for the performance increase of the SADA I cooler by a factor of two. The main features are summarized together with measured or calculated performance data.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 December 2000
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 4130, Infrared Technology and Applications XXVI, (15 December 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.409879
Show Author Affiliations
Herbert Korf, AEG Infrarot-Module GmbH (Germany)
Ingo Ruehlich, AEG Infrarot-Module GmbH (Germany)
Th. Wiedmann, AEG Infrarot-Module GmbH (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4130:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXVI
Bjorn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop; Marija Strojnik, Editor(s)

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