West, Michael; Charles, Christine; Boswell, Roderick
A high density 'blue' mode has been observed when operating the Helicon Double Layer Thruster (HDLT) with xenon. Using a Langmuir probe and a retarding field energy analyser (RFEA), the plasma source and exhaust have been characterized at various radio frequency (RF) powers and operating pressures. When operating at low RF powers, the HDLT prototype is shown to be in a capacitively coupled mode. As the RF power is increased, a discrete mode transition occurs over a small RF power range (at...[Show more]
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