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Leak testing of IR sensor dewars to 1E-15 std He/s
Author(s): Y. Tito Sasaki; Lyle E. Bergquist
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Paper Abstract

The results of tests for leakage performed on ten IR sensor dewars are presented, and the design principles of the new testing devices are discussed. The ultrasensitive leak detector used for testing is compared to conventional detectors. The superfine leak calibrator consisting of a tracer gas supply, an aliquot volume, a pressure transducer, temperature gage, and valves was used to measure leak rates in the E-4 to E-12 std cc He/s range. The testing method is explained, including the gases used, the quadrupole mass analyzer, the reference leak calibration, and the temperature coefficient of the reference leak. The test results of the IR sensor dewars are shown: seven showed leak rates in the E-15 std cc He/s range, two had no detectable leaks, and one had a mid-range E-14 leak. The shelf lives of the dewars are calculated based on the results. The vacuum integrity of small IR sensor dewars can be reliably tested to the range of 1E-15 std cc He/s using the ultrasensitive leak detector and the superfine leak calibrator.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 1990
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1308, Infrared Detectors and Focal Plane Arrays, (1 September 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.21733
Show Author Affiliations
Y. Tito Sasaki, Quantum Mechanics Corp. (United States)
Lyle E. Bergquist, Martin Marietta Space Systems Co. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1308:
Infrared Detectors and Focal Plane Arrays
Eustace L. Dereniak; Robert E. Sampson, Editor(s)

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