Zero boiloff tank experiments are currently underway on the International Space Station. The rise in human planetary missions highlights the need for long-duration cryogenic storage used for propellant and life support liquids. The effective implementation and optimization of these systems is an enabling technology within the critical path of future missions.
In a recent paper in Physical Review Letters, Matthew Foster and Seth Davis, theoretical physicists at Rice University, proposed an experiment to measure fractionalization not in electrons but in atoms so cold they follow the same quantum rules that dictate how electrons behave in quantum materials—a growing class of materials with exotic electronic and physical properties that governments and industry are eying for next-generation computers and electronic devices.
On April 25, the National Science Foundation's Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the European-based Virgo detector registered gravitational waves from what appears likely to be a crash between two neutron stars—the dense remnants of massive stars that previously exploded. One day later, the LIGO-Virgo network spotted another candidate source with a potentially interesting twist: it may in fact have resulted from the collision of a neutron star and black hole, an event never before witnessed.
NASA has selected 11 American companies to conduct studies and produce prototypes of human landers for its Artemis lunar exploration program. This effort will help put American astronauts — the first woman and next man — on the Moon’s south pole by 2024 and establish sustainable missions by 2028. Through Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) Appendix E contracts, the selected companies will study and/or develop prototypes during the next six months that reduce schedule risk for the descent, transfer, and refueling elements of a potential human landing system.
Chart announced the release of IPSMR®+ process technology, which builds upon our IPSMR® process. The additional features of IPSMR®+ will further lower power consumption, reduce plant emissions and lower plant cost per ton
Two research teams led by Francesca Ferlaino, one at the Institute for Experimental Physics at the University of Innsbruck and one at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, have reported on the observation of hallmarks of supersolidity in ultracold atomic gases. The researchers observed several tens of thousands of particles spontaneously organizing in a self-determined crystalline structure while sharing the same macroscopic wavefunction.
As the helium shortage continues, cryostat manufacturer Advanced Research Systems, Inc.(CSA CSM) has licensed a technology, liquid helium auto fill (LHeAF), developed by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (CSA CSM) that is designed to automatically refill liquid helium used in laboratory equipment for low-temperature scientific experiments, which will reduce downtime, recover more helium and increase overall efficiency.
Symmetry explores 10 seemingly normal words that mean something different in a science context.
Researchers at the University of Illinois are leading a newly funded project from NASA to develop a novel approach for all-electric aircraft using cryogenic liquid hydrogen to store energy.
Imperial College London researchers have developed a new method for creating 3D structures using cryogenics and 3D printing techniques.
An old artifact kept in a vault outside Paris is no longer the standard for the kilogram. Now, nature itself provides the definition.
On April 1, the dome of the Mayall Telescope in Tucson AZ opened to the night sky, and starlight poured through the assembly of six large lenses that were carefully packaged and aligned for a new instrument that will launch later this year.
Demaco Holland BV (CSA CSM) is lending its cryogenic expertise to the development of a rotor cryostat for the Advanced Supeconducting Motor Experimental Demonstrator, which will develop, build and test the first fully superconductive motor for aerospace applications.
CSA celebrates women in cryogenics and superconductivity. In this feature, six women in positions across the industry discuss current projects, how they entered the field and their thoughts on attracting more women to the profession.
The definition of the kelvin (K)—the temperature unit of the International System of Units (SI), has been given a radically new definition. This redefinition was the result of 60 nations’ unanimous vote to revise the SI in November 2018.
We at the Cryogenic Society of America add our voice to that of the Compressed Gas Association and GAWDA in expressing our deep concern about a State Farm commercial that has been running across the country, depicting an accident in a tunnel with an overturned helium truck.