Initial Results on an Annular Field Reversed Configuration Plasma Translation Experiment (Preprint)
ENGINEERING RESEARCH AND CONSULTING INC (ERC INC) EDWARDS AFB CA
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An annular field reversed configuration AFRC plasma translation experiment is under development at the Air Force Research Laboratory AFRL. This experiment referred to as XOCOT-T is a preliminary investigation on using AFRCs as a high power electric propulsion technology. As such, the focus of this experiment is to measure the translation of AFRCs formed at low 2 kV voltages and on diffusive timescales. XOCOT-Ts experimental design is based on previous work done at AFRL with AFRC plasma formation studies known as the XOCOT. Upgrades to the design include a 3-turn, conical outer electromagnetic coil, a pulsed gas feed system, and a new vacuum facility. A suite of high power pulsed diagnostics used in this study include electrostatic Faraday probes, magnetic field probes, a wide angle photometer, and a magnetic flux loop. In this paper, hardware developments and initial results of plasma formation and translation studies will be presented.
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics
- Electric and Ion Propulsion