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Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a solid-state refrigerator that uses quantum physics in micro- and nanostructures to cool a much larger object to extremely low temperatures.

The technology may offer a compact, convenient means of chilling advanced sensors below standard cryogenic temperatures—300 milliKelvin (mK), typically achieved by use of liquid helium—to enhance their performance in quantum information systems, telescope cameras, and searches for mysterious dark matter and dark energy.

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This forum is the first thing that came to my mind when I read it.
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This forum is the first thing that came to my mind when I read it.

I am sure all the OCN phase change people will be all over this biggrin.gif
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Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a solid-state refrigerator that uses quantum physics in micro- and nanostructures to cool a much larger object to extremely low temperatures.

The technology may offer a compact, convenient means of chilling advanced sensors below standard cryogenic temperatures—300 milliKelvin (mK), typically achieved by use of liquid helium—to enhance their performance in quantum information systems, telescope cameras, and searches for mysterious dark matter and dark energy.

Sounds good, but it's relative to the nanoscale. If you look at the picture, it's actually quite small of an area that's being cooled by the quantum fridge.

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Sounds good, but it's relative to the nanoscale. If you look at the picture, it's actually quite small of an area that's being cooled by the quantum fridge.

It also took 18 hrs to cool it down.
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Anything to get lower temps man tongue.gif
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Reading the description of the device, it sounds like a peltier on crack.
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This is VERY cool. Quantum physics is definitely the world of tomorrow. So many absolutely breath taking things happening that you wouldn't expect to be possible.
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The next method of extreme cooling is coming..
     
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I'm not excited by this to be honest..... To many obstacles and problems that would seriously delay it being used on bigger, hotter objects.
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a 25 million bucks cold box using more then 25 kW of electicity produce 9 grams of liquid helium per second, speak about an inefficient way to cool anything if you don't really need it near 0 kelvin. and this device have to the ability to slowly take heat away from an object if you give him some at the same time pretty sure it wouldn't even cool down
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