Cryogenics in UK Research Infrastructures and Space Science: a networking meeting

To be held on 28 March 2011 at University College London (UCL).

There is a constant flow of new developments in cryogenic technologies in the UK driven by the science programme and by industrial requirements. The UK holds expertise in the STFC laboratories, academia and UK industry but the diversity of applications for cryogenics has induced a specialization in the design and manufacture of cryogenic instrumentation for different markets.

A number of UK based companies develop and manufacture cryogenic systems. Some specialize on the space market, developing cutting edge cryogenics technologies for space based use. Working with industry a number of universities have been developing both cryogenic space systems (e.g. UCL/MSSL) and enabling technologies. Much of this work has been with STFC and ESA funding. STFC has involvement in space programmes both at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UKATC) in Edinburgh and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), Harwell.

However, the majority of cryogenics industry in the UK do not focus on instrumentation for space activities and instead, develop and provide ground based cryogenic instrumentation. STFC also has several major research infrastructures, for example ISIS at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell and ASTeC at the Daresbury Science and Innovation campus. All of these require advanced and innovative cryogenics technology.

This event aims to bring together players in these two specialized sectors, namely space and research infrastructures, to explore the commonalities and crossover opportunities between them and to stimulate the exchange of knowledge for UK cryogenics development.

Programme

09:30 - 10:30 Registration and coffee
10:30 - 10:40 Introduction - STFC
10:40 - 12:40

Cryogenics for space session

Ian Hepburn - MSSL
Chris Burgess - EADS Astrium
Adam Woodcraft - QMCI
Leicester Space Science - Paul Drumm
Space Cryogenics Q&A

12:40 - 13:20 Lunch
13:20 - 15:00

Cryogenics for research infrastructures session

Ziad Melheim - Oxford Instruments
Shrikant Pattalwar - ASTeC
John Vandore - Cryox Lt
STFC Innovations Funding
Cryogenics speakers Q&A

15:00 Coffee and finish

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