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Microminiature linear split Stirling cryogenic cooler for portable infrared imagers
Author(s): A. Veprik; H. Vilenchik; S. Riabzev; N. Pundak
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Paper Abstract

Novel tactics employed in carrying out military and antiterrorist operations call for the development of a new generation of warfare, among which sophisticated portable infrared (IR) imagers for surveillance, reconnaissance, targeting and navigation play an important role. The superior performance of such imagers relies on novel optronic technologies and maintaining the infrared focal plane arrays at cryogenic temperatures using closed cycle refrigerators. Traditionally, rotary driven Stirling cryogenic engines are used for this purpose. As compared to their military off-theshelf linear rivals, they are lighter, more compact and normally consume less electrical power. Latest technological advances in industrial development of high-temperature (100K) infrared detectors initialized R&D activity towards developing microminiature cryogenic coolers, both of rotary and linear types. On this occasion, split linearly driven cryogenic coolers appear to be more suitable for the above applications. Their known advantages include flexibility in the system design, inherently longer life time, low vibration export and superior aural stealth. Moreover, recent progress in designing highly efficient "moving magnet" resonant linear drives and driving electronics enable further essential reduction of the cooler size, weight and power consumption. The authors report on the development and project status of a novel Ricor model K527 microminiature split Stirling linear cryogenic cooler designed especially for the portable infrared imagers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 May 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6542, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXIII, 65422F (14 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.715622
Show Author Affiliations
A. Veprik, Ricor, Cryogenic and Vacuum Systems (Israel)
H. Vilenchik, Ricor, Cryogenic and Vacuum Systems (Israel)
S. Riabzev, Ricor, Cryogenic and Vacuum Systems (Israel)
N. Pundak, Ricor, Cryogenic and Vacuum Systems (Israel)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6542:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXXIII
Bjørn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop; Paul R. Norton, Editor(s)

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