Ion energies in an open-diode hollow cathode discharge

Grubisic, A.N., Polk, J.E. and Przybylowski, J.N. (2008) Ion energies in an open-diode hollow cathode discharge. In, Proceedings of the 44th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibition. 44th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibition Reston, USA, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. (AIAA 2008-5095).


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Ion energy measurements from a ¼ inch cathode were made with krypton and xenon expellants at a range of flow rates and discharge currents using an electrostatic energy analyzer mounted on axis. High energy ion content scaled strongly with discharge current and inversely with mass flow rate and molecular mass suggesting a possible MDH production mechanism. At high current conditions for krypton and xenon peak ion energies exceeded 130eV (>17kms-1) and 75eV (>10kms-1) with high energy tails extending well beyond 140eV and 200eV respectively. No conclusive correlation was found with discharge noise in the form of high frequency voltage oscillations and high energy ion content

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Keywords: high energy ions, hollow cathode discharge, erosion
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Engineering Sciences > Astronautics
ePrint ID: 72466
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21 July 2008Published
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2010
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:04

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