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Experimental Investigation of Plasma Acceleration by Rotating Electric Field for Electrodeless Plasma Thruster

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In order to realize a long lifetime of an electric propulsion system, we have been investigating various electrodeless electric propulsion concepts utilizing a helicon plasma source. In one of our concepts, helicon plasma is electromagnetically accelerated using a rotating electric field in the presence of a diverging static magnetic field. This acceleration concept is called as the Lissajous acceleration. Plasma acceleration experiments have been conducted and plasma acceleration was evaluated using a Mach probe. Although the experiments showed some plasma acceleration, most increment of the plasma velocity is caused by the increment of the electron temperature. The thrust (4.95 µN) has not reached feasible values for real applications, and therefore, it is important to find a better operational condition with the aid of a theoretical thrust model. We have developed a theoretical thrust model which consists of a trajectory analysis and an electric field penetration model in the electrostatic approximation. The model shows that present experimental parameters divide from an optimum operational condition which provides the maximum thrust.

Характеристики

Дата проведения

September 11 – 15, 2011

Название конференции

32nd International Electric Propulsion Conference

место проведения

Wiesbaden Germany

Качество

excellent

Раздел

Аэрокосмическая техника

Язык

English

Типы файлов

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Автор(ы)

Funaki I., Hada T., Matsuoka T., Nakamura T., Nishida H., Rudenko T.S., Shamrai K.P., Shinohara S., Tanikawa T., Yokoi K.

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