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Miniature Mechanical Refrigerators For Space Use
Author(s): T W Bradshaw; A H Orlowska
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Paper Abstract

The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) is involved with two space projects that require cooled infrared detectors operating at about 80 K; the Along Track Scanning Radiometer (ATSR), and the Improved Stratospheric and Mesospheric Sounder (ISAMS). In addition, a two stage Stirling-cycle cooler is being developed for space use. This will act as a precooler for a 4 K Joule-Thomson expansion stage. This paper describes the development and performance of these refrigerators.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 October 1988
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0915, Recent Developments in Infrared Components and Subsystems, (3 October 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.945538
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T W Bradshaw, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (UK)
A H Orlowska, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (UK)


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

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