Test cryostats

Organizational Unit

Test cryostats are equipment that allows testing of all types of devices under high vacuum and very low temperature conditions, typically at 200 degrees below zero. For the realization of the tests, the cryostats have optical windows and electrical and mechanical connections with the exterior, maintaining the cryogenic conditions. Its main use is the characterization of optical components, mechanisms, sensors, etc. in realistic working and environmental conditions, before its final assembly in the instruments. Several cryostats with different cooling systems and sizes are available, depending on the dimensions and characteristics of the components to be characterize. Part of the equipment of this laboratory has been financed by ERDF funds.

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General view of the Mechanical Integration and Verification Laboratory. Medium-sized laboratory with work benches, electronic devices, mechanical tools and cabinets
Mechanical Integration and Verification Laboratory

The Mechanical Integration and Verification Laboratory provides the basic and specific infrastructures needed for the development and integration of the medium-sized mechanical systems developed at the Technology Division.

Image of the quadrupole mass spectrometer in the laboratory. Close-up view of the medium-sized metallic cube device placed on a table with electronic connectors on its back
Quadrupole mass spectrometer

Analyser of residual gases

Panoramic view of one the areas of the Assembly, Integration and Verification room. Large laboratory with work benches and multiple electronic devices and computers, with a large mechanical structure in assembly phase
Large Instruments Assembly, Integration and Verification Room

The purpose of the AIV Room is the assembly, integration and verification of instrumentation for large telescopes.

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Rear view of the EMIR instrument in GTC with engineers working on the cryogenic system. Large cylindrical structure with metallic tubes and electronic controls
Design, development and manufacture of cryogenic and vacuum systems

The astronomical observation in the infrared range of the spectrum requires the use of cryogenic systems where high vacuum and very low temperature technologies are combined.