S-Pulse Workshup April 22-24-2010

S-Pulse (micro)cooling workshop April 22-24

The next S-Pulse (microcooling) workshop will be organized at the University of Twente on April 22nd and April 23rd. It is organized in the frame of the S-Pulse project which is an FP-7 Support Action of the EU. The workshop will be in the conference center Drienerburght, and participation is on basis of invitation.

The overall goal of S-Pulse is to prepare Superconductor Electronics (SE) technologies for the technology generation beyond the CMOS scaling limits (“beyond CMOS”). S-Pulse supports joint efforts of European academic and industrial groups in the field of superconducting technologies. The support action is to strengthen the vital link between research and development on the one hand and the industrial view on the other hand, bring together industrial expectations and visionary extrapolation and current status of technology, improve the image of SE and chances of pushing SE technologies out of their niche as a successful but alien technique, strengthen the exchange of knowledge and ideas, take charge of education, and win public interest.

After a first workshop in April 2008 and further discussions in 2009, we now will focus on the issues cost, standardization, size reduction and interference. Typical questions that will be addressed are:

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What determines the cost of a cooler?

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Is it possible to make a family of coolers that can be linked somehow and thus serve the needs of high-temperature (ca. 80K), medium-temperature (ca. 20K) and low-temperature superconductivity (ca. 4K)? (standardization as means to reduce cost)

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What size are we aiming for in the different applications?

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What are current developments in microcooling?

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What limits current coolers in their low-temperature efficiency and what R&D is needed to improve on that?

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Can we come up with “crazy” ideas to have higher-efficiency coolers in the low-temperature range (as one of the ways to get to smaller and probably also cheaper coolers)?

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Are there recent experiments with SE and coolers that give information on the acceptable interference levels (electro-magnetic, mechanical vibrations, temperature fluctuations)?

The workshop starts on Thursday 22nd at 11.00 and closes on Friday 23rd after lunch.

Apart from representatives from the SE community, also cooler manufacturers are invited.

For further information, please contact lt@tnw.utwente.nl