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.
|09:30 - 10:30||Registration and coffee|
|10:30 - 10:40||Introduction - STFC|
|10:40 - 12:40||
Cryogenics for space session
Ian Hepburn - MSSL
|12:40 - 13:20||Lunch|
|13:20 - 15:00||
Cryogenics for research infrastructures session
Ziad Melheim - Oxford Instruments
|15:00||Coffee and finish|