Together with their team, cryogenic engineer Cris Vermeer and Marcel ter Brake, Professor at Energy, Materials and Systems, of UT’s MESA+ Institute, are developing a cooling system for the Einstein Telescope project. This European observatory will be dedicated to measure gravitational waves from space. A scale model of part of the telescope will serve as research platform for building a custom-made, vibration-free cooling device.
For many people, the word ‘cryogenics’ prompts sci-fi movie flashbacks and images of human bodies being frozen just to be brought back to life hundreds of years later. While that might not be possible, cryogenic engineering relates to many useful and often groundbreaking applications. UT scientist Srinivas Vanapalli, who leads the only cryogenics research group in the Netherlands, is working on some of them. Including a method to ‘freeze and destroy’ tumor cells.