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Status and Recent Trends in Cryocooler Research



Ray Radebaugh


The five types of cryocoolers used to provide cryogenic temperatures for various applications are the Joule-Thomson, Brayton, Stirling, Gifford-McMahon, and pulse tube cryocoolers.  Many advances in all types have occurred in the past twenty years that have allowed all of them to be used for a wide variety of applications.  The current status of these cryocooler as they are used in commercial, military, or space applications is reviewed.  In the past five years new research on these cryocoolers offers the potential to significantly improve them and make them suitable for even more applications.  The general trend of this new cryocooler research is also presented.
Proceedings Title
Proceeding of the International Conference on Cryogenics and Refrigeration
Conference Dates
April 6-9, 2008
Conference Location
Shanghai, CH


Cryocoolers, cryogenics, refrigeration, thermoacoustics, Joule-Thomson, Brayton, Stirling, pulse tube, Gifford-McMahon


Radebaugh, R. (2008), Status and Recent Trends in Cryocooler Research, Proceeding of the International Conference on Cryogenics and Refrigeration, Shanghai, CH (Accessed April 24, 2024)
Created April 6, 2008, Updated February 17, 2017