STUDY OF ELECTRON GENERATION BY SOLID PROPELLANT TECHNIQUE
ATLANTIC RESEARCH CORP ALEXANDRIA VA
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Electron generators functioning by combustion of a cesium nitrate- aluminum pressed charge have been developed and test-fired in an altitude chamber. Thermodynamic analysis of the combustion and nozzle-expansion process shows that about 10 to the 20th power electrons are discharged per gram of charge, the gaseous product containing about 2 mole per cent electrons. Spectroscopic measurements of the exhaust plume at 40 mm Hg abs confirm electron concentrations of this magnitude via Stark-broadening of cesium emission lines. Details of generator operation are given, and alternate chemical systems for electron generation are discussed.
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