EFFECT OF THE KINETICS OF CONTAMINANTS ON WAKE IONIZATION
AVCO CORP WILMINGTON MA RESEARCH AND ADVANCED DEVELOPMENT DIV
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Experimental values for recombination rates between electrons and cesium ions are presented in this report. Measurements cover temperatures from 4300K to 1200K at electron densities from 1.5 x 10 to the 14th power to 2 x 10 to the 12th powercc. The cesium plasma is generated by a high-velocity steel spherical projectile fired into a special chemical kinetics ballistic range. Microwave F-band and Ka-band focused probe measurements of electron density were made as a function of time at two wave locations. Measured and calculated electron density decays are shown to agree satisfactorily. The experimental recombination rates are compared to theoretical values. The experimental apparatus and techniques are described in detail.
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics