Accession Number:

AD0613307

Title:

RESEARCH ON PLASMA ACCELERATION BY ELECTRIC FIELD GRADIENT

Descriptive Note:

Semi-annual technical rept. for 15 Dec 1959-15 Jun 1960

Corporate Author:

RCA LABS PRINCETON NJ

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1960-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

75.0

Abstract:

Theoretical studies of plasma acceleration by an rf field gradient indicated that a plasma will be accelerated toward the low-field region if the applied frequency is greater than the critical frequency of the plasma, and toward the high-field region if the frequency is less than the critical frequency. Calculations for the acceleration of plasma spheres and ellipsoids of arbitrary orientation with respect to the rf field have been completed. Experiments with plasmas of various densities have demonstrated both the acceleration and deceleration of the plasmas as predicted by theory. Mercury plasma has been accelerated with a 140-Mc rf field gradient to a velocity of 25 x 100,000 cmsec, equivalent to a specific impulse of 2500 seconds. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Electricity and Magnetism

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE