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Author King, L. B. ♦ Gallimore, A. D.
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION ♦ ELECTROSTATIC PROBES ♦ PRESSURE GAGES ♦ DESIGN ♦ PLASMA DIAGNOSTICS ♦ NEUTRAL PARTICLES ♦ PLASMA DENSITY ♦ PLASMA PRESSURE ♦ SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION ♦ IONIZATION GAGES ♦ CATHODES
Abstract Although classical electrostatic plasma probes can provide detailed information regarding electrons and ions, these devices rely on charge-carrying particles both for energy filtering and for detection. Neutral particles are transparent to such diagnostics. In light of this a new probe design was developed to provide a measurement of the neutral particle flux component of a flowing plasma. The simple design adopted for this probe utilizes a set of electrostatic retarding grids to remove the charged particles from the flow. The neutral particles are sensed within the tube of an off-the-shelf hot cathode ionization gauge. Additionally, by varying the potential on the retarding grids, this same probe configuration can be used to measure the ion energy distribution. Preliminary data from this probe were taken in the exhaust plume of a Hall-current accelerator designed for space propulsion. This probe was found to be a very simple, accurate diagnostic tool for such use. By using this probe in combination with interrelated diagnostics the spatial distribution of energetic charge exchange neutrals was quantified in the plume of an SPT-100 thruster. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}
ISSN 00346748
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1997-02-01
Publisher Place United States
Journal Review of Scientific Instruments
Volume Number 68
Issue Number 2


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