The current status of the heat pipe is discussed with particular emphasis on applications to cryogenic thermal control. The competitive nature of the passive heat pipe/radiator system is demonstrated through a comparative study with other candidate systems for a 1-yr mission. The mission involves cooling a spaceborne experiment to 100 K while it dissipates 10 W.
© 1974 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: February 20, 1974
Published: September 1, 1974
Burke E. Nelson and Gerald A. Goldstein, "Passive Cryogenic Cooling of Electrooptics with a Heat Pipe/Radiator," Appl. Opt. 13, 2109-2111 (1974)