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Fabrication of the Cryostat Vacuum Chamber

In order to preserve a cold, stable environment for the HPF optics, the entire instrument must be kept in a giant vacuum chamber, called a cryostat.  The cryostat must seal out the ambient atmosphere for years at a time, while … Continue reading

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The HPF Cryostat Design

Now that you know what HPF is, and what its primary science functions will be, let’s take a closer look at some of the hardware that makes the exciting science possible. The cryostat–basically, a cryogenic vacuum chamber–is fed light from … Continue reading

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