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Investigation of radiofrequency plasma sources for space travel

Charles, Christine; Boswell, Roderick; Takahashi, K.


Optimization of radiofrequency (RF) plasma sources for the development of space thrusters differs from other applications such as plasma processing of materials since power efficiency, propellant usage, particle acceleration or heating become driving parameters. The development of two RF (13.56 MHz) plasma sources, the high-pressure (∼1 Torr) capacitively coupled 'pocket rocket' plasma micro-thruster and the low-pressure (∼1 mTorr) inductively coupled helicon double layer thruster (HDLT), is...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
DOI: 10.1088/0741-3335/54/12/124021


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