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Lessons learned from SCUBA-2 for future cryogenic instrumentation in space
Author(s): Adam L. Woodcraft
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Paper Abstract

Various planned space astronomy missions such as SPICA, SAFIR, Constellation-X and XEUS will require detectors operating at ultra-low temperatures. Our current relevant experience in space is limited, and future instruments are in any case likely to have more demanding requirements. We must therefore take advantage of experience on the ground. The SCUBA-2 ground-based instrument is probably the largest and (thermally) most complex astronomical instrument ever built to operate at such low temperatures. The thermal design has been very successful, and I discuss techniques we have developed and lessons we have learned that will be applicable to future space missions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7010, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, 70102M (12 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.788940
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Adam L. Woodcraft, SUPA, Institute for Astronomy, Edinburgh Univ. (United Kingdom)
UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7010:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter
Jacobus M. Oschmann Jr.; Mattheus W. M. de Graauw; Howard A. MacEwen, Editor(s)

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