Richard Down

Location R 80, 3. 05
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Telephone (office) +44 (0) 1235 446016

Introduction and profile

I am the Cryogenic Team Leader within the Experimental Operations Division Sample Environment Group. My team supports all experimental and instrument based cryogenic systems on ISIS. My role is diverse and includes hands on cryogenics, management, project planning, budgetary control and liaison with science and industry.

I served a 4 year Mechanical Apprenticeship at the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at Aldermaston, qualified as a universal miller then changed working area and became a fitter turner, I left in 1989 and started contract work as a technician on both the Aldermaston and Culham sites; I gained experience of vacuum, high pressure and cryogenics with some interesting time spent at the JET Taurus developing Hydrogen propelled guns capable of firing solid D2 and 3H ice pellets at high velocity (5km/s) into the plasma within the tokomak. I started at ISIS in 1993 as a technician in the Sample Environment Group; gained a HND in Mechanical and Production Engineering in 1997, my knowledge of cryogenics at ISIS now spans 20 years, I became Cryogenic Team Leader in 2003.

Research and development interests

I’m currently involved in the ISISSTAT 1.5K cryogen free cryostat development and the improvement of superconducting magnets, ultra-low temperature and thermometry delivery for ISIS and am project manager for the implementation of Helium recovery at the ISIS facility.


For my most recent publications see here and here. Three of my most recent publications are listed below:

Cryogen free sample environment for neutron scattering experiments at ISIS 
Proc. 5th European Conference on Neutron ScatteringJournal of Physics: Conference Series 340 012009 (2012)[doi:10.1088/1742-6596/340/1/012009] ISIS STFC
Au. O Kirichek, Au. RBE Down, Au. J Keeping, Au. B Evans, Au. ZA Bowden 

Cryogen free high magnetic field sample environment for neutron scattering 
International Conference on Neutron Scattering 2009 (ICNS 2009)J Phys Conf Ser 251 012092 (2010) [10.1088/1742-6596/251/1/0...] ISIS STFC
Au. RBE Down (STFC), Au. G Kouzmenko (Oxford Instruments), Au. O Kirichek (STFC), Au. R Wotherspoon(Oxford Instruments), Au. J Brown (Oxford Instruments), Au. ZA Bowden (STFC)

Operation of superconducting magnet with dilution refrigerator insert in zero boil-off regime 
Cryogenics 50 (10) 666-669 (2010) [doi: 10.1016/j.cryogenics.2010.06.011] ISIS STFC
Au. O Kirichek (STFC), Au. RBE Down (STFC), Au. G Kouzmenko (Oxford Instruments), Au. J Keeping (STFC), Au. D Bunce (STFC), Au. R Wotherspoon (Oxford Instruments), Au. ZA Bowden (STFC)

For a comprehensive list please see here.

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