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British Aerospace Cryogenic Coolers For Infrared Detectors
Author(s): Harry W Groves
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Paper Abstract

The British Aerospace Dynamics Division has been active in the infrared field since the early 1950's. Originally infrared sensors were, and in many cases still are, cooled with Joule-Thomson coolers associated with rechargeable gas-bottles. Today, there is also a need for zero maintenance systems. To meet this need British Aerospace has productionised a range of viable Stirling Cycle cryogenic coolers. This paper summarises the intensive development programme which has taken place over the last seven years on such applications as the British Aerospace infrared linescan system for the Tornado and their suitability for further applications; both infrared and other sensors where signal-to-noise improvements at low temperatures are beneficial.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 October 1988
PDF: 2 pages
Proc. SPIE 0915, Recent Developments in Infrared Components and Subsystems, (3 October 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.945536
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Harry W Groves, British Aerospace Dynamics Division (UK)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0915:
Recent Developments in Infrared Components and Subsystems
Charles Thomas Elliott, Editor(s)

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