CUORE Reaches Its Operating Temperature

By CSA Editor

Online — The Cryogenic Underground Observatory for Rare Events experiment (CUORE) reached a new milestone in late January when its detector reached its operating temperature of 10 millikelvin.

The detector has 19 towers formed from 988 Tellurium oxide crystals, and it weighs nearly 1,650 lbs.

Engineers finished installing the detector into the experiment’s cryostat in August 2016 and have been cooling the system over the last five months. Continue reading

Cryogenic sensors for monitoring in superconducting RF cavities of linacs

By Andy Phillips

Stanford Linear Accelerator Online — Cryogenic sensors are used worldwide in a number of particle accelerators, including the world’s most powerful one, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, where sensors are used to monitor the temperature of the superconducting magnets used to steer and focus the particle beam.

Other applications include linear accelerators commissioned in the U.S., Germany, and Japan. Continue reading

Ultracold Liquid Hydrogen may be Fuel of the Future

By CSA Editor

Online — NASA has wrapped up testing on a new cooling system that supercools hydrogen to -423 °F.

It’s housed in a shuttle-era storage facility engineers saved from demolition five years ago at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida and thereafter transformed into a test site for new ground operations demo units. Continue reading

Cryocoolers 19 Proceedings Available Now

By CSA Editor

“Cryocoolers 19,” a 654-page compilation of the proceedings of the 19th International Cryocooler Conference held in San Diego, California, June 20-23, 2016, is now available and has been mailed to registered participants.

Published by ICC Press, Boulder, Colorado, and edited by S.D. Miller and R.G. Ross, Jr., the volume features 77 peer-reviewed papers with four-color illustrations. I

It archives developments and performance measurements in the field of cryocoolers based on the contributions of leading international experts at the conference. Continue reading

Air Liquide Commissions Cavernous Hydrogen Storage Facility

By CSA Editor

hydrogen-storage-bannerOnline — Air Liquide has commissioned a new hydrogen storage facility housed some 1,500 meters deep in a Texas cavern.

The 70 meter (in diameter) installation is capable of holding enough hydrogen to back up a large-scale steam methane reformer unit for 30 days, according to the company, and will offer hydrogen supply solutions to customers through Air Liquide’s Gulf Coast pipeline system. Continue reading