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Ion Acceleration in a Quad Confinement Thruster

Lucca Fabris, Andrea, Knoll, Aaron, Young, Christopher V. and Cappelli, Mark A. (2017) Ion Acceleration in a Quad Confinement Thruster In: 35th International Electric Propulsion Conference, 08-12 Oct 2017, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

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We characterize the ion velocity flow field in the plasma ejected from a Quad Confinement Thruster using non-intrusive 2-D laser-induced fluorescence diagnostics. Measurements show a free-space ion acceleration layer located 8 cm downstream of the exit plane, with an observed ion velocity increase from 3 km/s to 10 km/s within a region of 1 cm thickness or less. The ion velocity field is investigated with different magnetic configurations, demonstrating how distorting the magnetic field produces changes in ion velocity magnitude and direction as well as in metastable (probed) ion density.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Conference Paper)
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Electronic Engineering
Authors :
Lucca Fabris,
Young, Christopher V.
Cappelli, Mark A.
Date : 12 October 2017
Copyright Disclaimer : © The authors 2017
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Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 11 Apr 2018 23:38
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 19:09

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