Accession Number:

ADA492713

Title:

Initial Results on an Annular Field Reversed Configuration Plasma Translation Experiment (Preprint)

Descriptive Note:

Conference paper

Corporate Author:

ENGINEERING RESEARCH AND CONSULTING INC (ERC INC) EDWARDS AFB CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2008-05-11

Pagination or Media Count:

12.0

Abstract:

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.

Subject Categories:

  • Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics
  • Electric and Ion Propulsion

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE