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Testing a Helicon Double Layer Thruster Immersed in a Space-Simulation Chamber

West, Michael; Charles, Christine; Boswell, Roderick


The Helicon Double Layer Thruster, a new magnetoplasma thruster that accelerates ions to supersonic velocities using a current-free electric double layer, has been tested successfully for the first time inside a space-simulation vacuum chamber. Using a retarding field energy analyzer, the presence of a current-free double layer and the associated ion beam in argon have been confirmed for operating conditions of 0.297 mgs-1 of argon, 53.3 mPa gas pressure, 100 W of radio-frequency forward power...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Propulsion and Power
DOI: 10.2514/1.31414


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