FACTORS AFFECTING THE GROWTH OF BOUNDARY LAYERS IN PLASMA ACCELERATORS.
CALIFORNIA INST OF TECH PASADENA GUGGENHEIM JET PROPULSION CENTER
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The aim of the research was to investigate some aspects of the interaction between a seeded plasma and the electrode or non-electrode walls of plasma accelerators or generators. The problem was complicated over that of conventional plasma flow because a seeded gas was involved, and consequently the physics of surface - gas interaction required some investigation. The program included experimental investigations of the properties of seeded plasmas, stability of the plasma flow, ionization rates and ionization mechanism, as well as boundary-layer type analysis. The work was divided into three different parts 1 boundary layer analysis and gas phase and surface phenomena affecting the electrical properties of potassium-seeded argon, 2 ionization rates and ionization mechanisms in the noble gases, 3 stability of the plasma flow under the action of electrical and magnetic fields. Author
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics