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A theoretical analysis of vacuum arc thruster performance

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dc.contributor.author Polk, James E.
dc.contributor.author Sekerak, Mike
dc.contributor.author Ziemer, John K.
dc.contributor.author Schein, Jochen
dc.contributor.author Qi, Niansheng
dc.contributor.author Binder, Robert
dc.contributor.author Anders, André
dc.date.accessioned 2006-06-13T15:49:07Z
dc.date.available 2006-06-13T15:49:07Z
dc.date.issued 2001-10-15
dc.identifier.citation 27th International Electric Propulsion Conference, Pasadena, California, October 15-19, 2001. en
dc.identifier.clearanceno 01-2233
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/39349
dc.description.abstract In vacuum arc discharges the current is conducted through vapor evaporated from the cathode surface. In these devices very dense, highly ionized plasmas can be created from any metallic or conducting solid used as the cathode. This paper describes theoretical models of performance for several thruster configurations which use vacuum arc plasma sources. This analysis suggests that thrusters using vacuum arc sources can be operated efficiently with a range of propellant options that gives great flexibility in specific impulse. In addition, the efficiency of plasma production in these devices appears to be largely independent of scale because the metal vapor is ionized within a few microns of the cathode electron emission sites, so this approach is well-suited for micropropulsion en
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en
dc.format.extent 6639698 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2001. en
dc.subject thruster en
dc.subject performances en
dc.title A theoretical analysis of vacuum arc thruster performance en
dc.type Preprint en


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