Accession Number:

AD0686750

Title:

AN ANALYSIS OF THE BEHAVIOR OF A MULTI-GRID SPHERICAL SENSOR IN A DRIFTING MAXWELLIAN PLASMA

Descriptive Note:

Physical sciences research papers no. 364

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LABS HANSCOM AFB MA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1969-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

61.0

Abstract:

A theoretical derivation of the characteristic of a spherical probe in a flowing Maxwellian plasma is given together with various limiting forms of the equations. The limitations imposed on the validity of the theory by the characteristics of the sheath are discussed. The theory is then extended to the case of an n-grid sensor. Finally, the application of the theory to the determination of plasma parameters from the probe characteristic is discussed. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE