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Nano-materials for adhesive-free adsorbers for bakable extreme high vacuum cryopump surfaces

United States Patent

October 11, 2016
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A cryosorber panel having nanomaterials used for the cryosorption material, with nanomaterial either grown directly on the cryopanel or freestanding nanomaterials attached to the cryopanel mechanically without the use of adhesives. Such nanomaterial cryosorber materials can be used in place of conventional charcoals that are attached to cryosorber panels with special low outgassing, low temperature capable adhesives. Carbon nanotubes and other nanomaterials could serve the same purpose as conventional charcoal cryosorbers, providing a large surface area for cryosorption without the need for adhesive since the nanomaterials can be grown directly on a metallic substrate or mechanically attached. The nanomaterials would be capable of being fully baked by heating above C., thereby eliminating water vapor from the system, eliminating adhesives from the system, and allowing a full bake of the system to reduce hydrogen outgassing, with the goal of obtaining extreme high vacuum where the pump can produce pressures below 1.times.10.sup.-12 Torr.
Stutzman; Marcy (Newport News, VA), Jordan; Kevin (Newport News, VA), Whitney; R. Roy (Newport News, VA)
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June 10, 2014
The United States government may have certain rights to this invention under The National Aeronautics and Space Administration and/or Management and Operating Contract No. DE-AC05-06OR23177 from the Department of Energy.