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2012 CNRS Innovation Medal laureate: Alain Benoît

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  00:05:00  2012  Color  Sound

Alain Benoît, physicist at the Néel Institute in Grenoble, received the 2012 CNRS innovation medal. This is an opportunity to describe his research in cryogenic development.
As a specialist in the physics of solids at very low temperatures he has developed technological processes that allow detection instruments used in space missions to be cooled in order to increase their performance. The closer you get to the absolute zero limit, the more effective space instruments are. Alain Benoit has developed an exceptional cooling device, the dilution cryostat, which is now built into many instruments. The HFI camera on the Planck cosmological satellite, for example, holds the cold record temperature for a space instrument, with a cryostat cooled down for more than two years to -273.05°C. His inventions are protected by three patents.

Producer : CNRS Images
Author : RONAT Luc (CNRS Images, UPS CNRS, Meudon)
Director : RONAT Luc (CNRS Images, UPS CNRS, Meudon)
Audiovisual processReal shots. Use of photographs and animations from ESA.
Interview (live sound). Music (Gérard Cohen-Tannugi).
PersonnalitiesBENOIT Alain(Institut NÉEL, UPR CNRS, Grenoble)
NotesPlanck Satellite Animations (ESA)
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Item No.3015
PublicLarge audience
Original SupportXDCam EX
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