NON-EQUILIBRIUM IONIZATION USING ELECTROSTATIC PROBING TECHNIQUES.
Final rept. for 1 Mar 63-28 Feb 65,
UNITED AIRCRAFT CORP EAST HARTFORD CONN RESEARCH LABS
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Research was conducted to determine the electron energy distribution in the cesium plasma in an arc-mode thermionic converter and to determine the changes in this distribution produced by the presence of a highly inert gas background pressure. Electrostatis probes were used to measure various plasma properties, such as electron energy distribution, electron number density, and plasma potential. Calculations were made of the plasma production and loss rates. A bibliography of the publications resulting from this work and reprints of the most recent papers covering portions of the research are included. Author