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Joule-Thomson Cooling - An Overview
Author(s): C R Aubon; W J A Powell
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Paper Abstract

This paper is concerned with the use of Joule-Thomson refrigerators in infrared detection systems such as thermal imagers, missile seekers, and guidance systems. Although the principle behind the minicooler is simple there exists a range of designs, either simple or complex, which cover many requirements from one-shot fast cool systems for missile guidance to systems requiring the minimum of logistic support and reliability for remote thermal imaging applications. The first step in examining the use of J-T minicoolers is to look at the applications and how each relates to the cryogenic system used.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 October 1988
PDF: 2 pages
Proc. SPIE 0915, Recent Developments in Infrared Components and Subsystems, (3 October 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.945535
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C R Aubon, Hymatic Engineering Co (U.K)
W J A Powell, Royal Signals and Radar Establishment (U.K)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0915:
Recent Developments in Infrared Components and Subsystems

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