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ALMA ground based astronomy project

Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN Cryoconnect supplied 3000 miniature assemblies for the ATLAS instrument:

ATLAS is one of two general purpose detectors on the LHC. It will investigate a wide range of physics, including the search for the Higgs boson, extra dimensions and particles that could make up dark matter.

Additional information on the Large Hadron Collider can be found here: http://public.web.cern.ch/public/en/LHC/LHC-en.html.

For more information on the ATLAS instrument, visit http://public.web.cern.ch/public/en/LHC/ATLAS-en.html.


The Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) Tekdata’s Cryoconnect harnesses are used in the cryostats and detectors being built in the UK, USA, Canada & the Netherlands:

The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is one of the largest ground-based astronomy projects of the next decade and a major new facility for world astronomy. ALMA will comprised of a giant array of 12-m submillimetre quality antennas, with baselines of several kilometres. An additional compact array of 7-m and 12-m antennas is also foreseen. Construction of ALMA started in 2003 and will be completed in 2012. The ALMA project is an international collaboration between Europe, Japan and North America, in cooperation with the Republic of Chile.

For more information, visit www.eso.org/sci/facilities/alma.


The South Pole Telescope (SPT) Cryogenic level detector harnesses designed in conjunction with JPL NASA, Univ. Chicago & McGill:

The South Pole Telescope is a huge undertaking! More than thirty scientists and engineers make up the team needed to build and operate this enormous instrument, with many additional people involved in supporting the effort at the South Pole Station. Building this telescope in one of the most extreme locations on the planet has posed unique challenges.

Visit http://spt.uchicago.edu/public/science.html for more information.


The CRESST instrument Cryoconnect designed and manufactured detector harnesses for this experiment, located under Gran Sasso in Italy:

CRESST searches for Dark Matter using detectors which are operated at extremely low temperatures, using WIMP interactions which heat up the detectors strongly enough to be detected.

For more information, visit the CRESST website at www.cresst.de/darkmatter.php


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