Low Temperature Physics: 29, 461 (2003); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.1542528 (4 pages)
Физика Низких Температур: Том 29, Выпуск 6 (Июнь 2003), c. 624-627    ( к оглавлению , назад )

An overview of the low temperature microgravity physics facility capabilities

J.F. Pensinger, A.P. Croonquist, F.C. Liu, M.E. Larson, and T.C. Chui

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology Pasadena, California 91109, USA
E-mail: john.f.pensinger@jpl.nasa.gov

Received December 19, 2002


The Low Temperature Microgravity Physics Facility currently in the design phase is a multiple user and multiple flight facility intended to provide a long duration low temperature environment onboard the International Space Station. The Facility will provide a unique platform for scientific investigations requiring both low temperature and microgravity conditions. It will be attached to the Japanese Experiment Module`s Exposed Facility and can house two science instruments each flight. The Facility consists of a 180-liter superfluid helium dewar, a support enclosure, and control electronics. The facility will be launched full of cryogen, and retrieved after the cryogen is depleted. Industrial partners are responsible for building the reusable facility and standard parts of the instruments. Principal Investigators from universities and other institutions are contracted to develop major parts of the science instrument package. An overview of the detailed technical capabilities of the facility will be presented in this paper.

64.60.-i - General studies of phase transitions (see also 63.70.+h Statistical mechanics of lattice vibrations and displacive phase transitions; for critical phenomena in solid surfaces and interfaces, and in magnetism, see 68.35.Rh, and 75.40.-s, respectively)