A high capacity 0.23 K 3He refrigerator for balloon-borne payloads

Edward S. Cheng, Stephan S. Meyer, Lyman A. Page

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We describe the design, operation, and performance of a high capacity, single stage, 3He refrigerator optimized for balloon-borne payloads. A temperature of ∼0.2 K is routinely maintained for more than seven days at ∼100 μW total heat load. Recycling can be completed in less than 12 h. A simple design avoids valves and explicit heat switches, resulting in simplified construction and improved performance. A numerical model characterizes the operating temperature of the system over a large range of conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4008-4016
Number of pages9
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Instrumentation


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