Development of Plasma Fluid Model for a Microwave Rocket Supported by a Magnetic Field

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Abstract

A uid model of plasma transport is developed to reproduce a plasma pattern induced by microwave irradiation when an external magnetic field is applied to the breakdown volume. Transport coefficients in the uid model are evaluated using a fully kinetic simulation under a magnetic field to maintain consistency of electron transport between the particle and uid models. The electron-density profile and propagation speed of the ionization front obtained by the uid model agree with those of the particle model. Multidimensional or longer time-scale simulations can be conducted using the uid model in the case of the application of an external magnetic field, with the simulation reducing computational cost compared to the fully kinetic model.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012024
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Volume905
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Nov 7
Externally publishedYes
Event28th Annual IUPAP Conference on Computational Physics, CCP 2016 - Pretoria, South Africa
Duration: 2016 Jul 102016 Jul 14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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