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Low-Temperature Power Electronics ProgramMany space and some terrestrial applications would benefit from the availability of low-temperature electronics. Exploration missions to the outer planets, Earth-orbiting and deep-space probes, and communications satellites are examples of space applications which operate in low-temperature environments. Space probes deployed near Pluto must operate in temperatures as low as -229 C. Figure 1 depicts the average temperature of a space probe warmed by the sun for various locations throughout the solar system. Terrestrial applications where components and systems must operate in low-temperature environments include cryogenic instrumentation, superconducting magnetic energy storage, magnetic levitation transportation system, and arctic exploration. The development of electrical power systems capable of extremely low-temperature operation represents a key element of some advanced space power systems. The Low-Temperature Power Electronics Program at NASA Lewis Research Center focuses on the design, fabrication, and characterization of low-temperature power systems and the development of supporting technologies for low-temperature operations such as dielectric and insulating materials, power components, optoelectronic components, and packaging and integration of devices, components, and systems.
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Document Type
Patterson, Richard L.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Dickman, John E.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Hammoud, Ahmad
(NYMA, Inc. Brook Park, OH United States)
Gerber, Scott
(NYMA, Inc. Brook Park, OH United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1997
Subject Category
Electronics And Electrical Engineering
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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