Honoring the Hugets

After 42 years of continued leadership and direction, Laurie and Werner Huget have retired from CSA. For decades, the Hugets have overseen CSA’s day-to-day operations, organized conferences and workshops attended by professionals from around the world and facilitated countless short courses for the cryogenics community. We invite you to continue to send in memories, photos and well-wishes to Laurie and Werner! Please send your notes and photos to editor@cryogenicsociety.org. We will continue to share them.

IceCube Detection of a High Energy Particle Proves 60-Year-Old Theory

On December 6, 2016, a high energy particle called an electron antineutrino hurtled to Earth from outer space at close to the speed of light carrying 6.3 petaelectronvolts of energy. Deep inside the ice sheet at the South Pole, it smashed into an electron and produced a particle that quickly decayed into a shower of secondary particles. Captured by a massive telescope buried in the Antarctic glacier, the IceCube Neutrino Observatory—the experiment had seen a Glashow resonance event providing another confirmation of the Standard Model of particle physics. The result was published on March 10 in Nature.

Improving Cryogenic Pipes to Reduce Wasted Energy, Money at BRUGG

BRUGG (CSA CSM), a leading cryogenic piping company based in Wunstorf, Germany, engineers pipe systems for various industrial applications while minimizing heat leak and saving resources—monetary and otherwise. Where BRUGG’s low temperature applications are only one part of a larger product portfolio, the vast temperature differences between cryogenic and ambient temperatures creates the potential for significant improvements in cryogenic piping.

MLI Blankets from Web Industries Improve Commercial Space Offerings

Needs for custom-made, space proven components and systems take on added urgency as launch dates proliferate and space facilities around the world hum with activity. Supply partners like Web Industries (CSA CSM) that offer such components can support space initiatives and help space and satellite companies meet ever-tightening launch deadlines. One component that requires a custom-fabricated approach is multilayer insulation (MLI), often called MLI blankets.

Cryogenic Electronics: Part 1

This is the first part of a two-part article about cryogenic electronics, the operation of electronic devices, circuits and systems at temperatures considerably below the “standard” electronics lower limit of −55° C. Alternative names are cryoelectronics, cold electronics and low-temperature electronics. Presented by Dr. Randall Kirschman.