MacEwen, Howard A., Fazio, Giovanni G., Lystrup, Makenzie, Batalha, Natalie, Siegler, Nicholas, Tong, Edward C., Veenendaal, Ian, Naylor, David, Gom, Brad, Gunuganti, Sudhakar, Winter, Calvin, Jones, Martyn and Walker, David D. (2016) Performance of a cryogenic test facility for 4 K interferometer delay line investigations. In: Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016, June 26 2016, Edinburgh.

The next generation of space-borne instruments for far infrared astronomical spectroscopy will utilize large diameter, cryogenically cooled telescopes in order to achieve unprecedented sensitivities. Low background, ground-based cryogenic facilities are required for the cryogenic testing of materials, components and subsystems. The University of Lethbridge Test Facility Cryostat (TFC) is a large volume, closed cycle, 4 K cryogenic facility, developed for this purpose. This paper discusses the design and performance of the facility and associated metrology instrumentation, both internal and external to the TFC. Additionally, an apparatus for measuring the thermal and mechanical properties of carbon-fiber-reinforced polymers is presented.


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