Sandvik solution resolving the Big Bang
Scientists from Johns Hopkins University in the U.S. state of Maryland, along with NASA and other partners, hope to solve the mystery of the origins of the universe.
Four advanced telescopes, positioned at 5,200 meters above sea level in Chile's Atacama Desert, will map cosmic microwave background polarization to look for the faint imprint of gravitational waves from the first very energetic moments after the Big Bang. To optimize the analysis, the detectors will be cooled down to -273 C (or -460 F), which is barely above absolute zero. Sandvik provides the components to support these fragile detectors, producing and machining its Controlled Expansion Alloy product, Osprey CE7F. This alloy is able to provide the right thermal and mechanical properties to protect the detectors in this extreme environment.