Cryogenics lie behind myriad of applications from food to healthcare, energy, science and space. The Cryogenics Impact Report (2015) from WECD considers that cryogenic-related economic activities could contribute between £1.6 billion and £3.3 billion to the UK economy in the next 10 years, with STFC, its university partners and industry all being key players in delivering this growth.
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STFC Technology's expertise in this area is world-leading. We design and produce innovative mission-critical cooling systems for many scientific endeavours on Earth and in space. We work on cooling for instruments on the Large Hadron Collider, and created the most successful closed-cycle cryocoolers ever flown in space, such as that used on the Planck Space Observatory. We have invented basic cryogenic technology components now used as standards worldwide, such as the multifilament superconducting cable known as “Rutherford Cable
”. As well as one-off assemblies for individual instruments, we have also produced more than seventy of some units such as the ALMA cryostats for the largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the world.
Although our work is often hidden, it is ground-breaking enabling technology that cannot be ‘bought off the shelf’, and without which the experiments and observations could not be made.
Contact: Cryogenics and Magnetics Group
Tel: 01235 445146