Jul 22 – 26, 2019
Europe/Rome timezone

Compact, add-on sub-Kelvin modules extend the working range of 4K mechanical pre-coolers to temperatures below 1K

Jul 23, 2019, 5:45 PM
1h 15m
Piazza Città di Lombardia (Milano)

Piazza Città di Lombardia


Piazza Città di Lombardia, 1, 20124 Milano MI
Poster Technology transfer, outreach, and dissemination Poster session


Ms Emily Ronson (Chase Research Cryogenics Ltd)


The technology for low-power sub-Kelvin cooling is is now established and products are available that offer simple operation, with reliable and repeatable performance at relatively low cost. Self-contained, sealed sub-Kelvin modules can be added-on or retro-fitted to low-power mechanical (GM or PT) pre-coolers to extend their operating temperature downwards, from 4K into the sub-Kelvin range. A system using this technology offers fully automated operation requiring little or no cryogenics expertise and superior performance when compared to systems relying on pre-cooling with liquid cryogens. When tested in a liquid-helium-cooled cryostat, tests on more than 30 individual sub-Kelvin modules manufactured over the past two years yielded base temperatures averaging 825±20mK under no load, rising to 858±26mK under an external load of 100µW. Run times (before recycling was needed) were typically ~29±3 hours, though could be as high as 40 hours. With a low-power GM pre-cooler and automated operation, the average operating temperatures of these modules were lower and the run times significantly longer, up to ~100 hours, Highly compact systems offering extended or even continuous operation below 1K, using two sub-Kelvin modules cycled in antiphase under fully automated control, are the next development in this rapidly maturing field.

Student (Ph.D., M.Sc. or B.Sc.) N
Less than 5 years of experience since completion of Ph.D Y

Primary authors

Dr Simon Chase (Chase Research Cryogenics Ltd) Ms Emily Ronson (Chase Research Cryogenics Ltd) Dr Lee Kenny (Chase Research Cryogenics Ltd)

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