Reverse plasma motion driven by moderately screened rotating electric field in an electrodeless plasma thruster

Naofumi Ohnishi, Ryosuke Nomura, Takahiro Nakamura, Hiroyuki Nishida

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Abstract

A reversely-induced azimuthal current has been found in two-dimensional particle simulations with moderately screened rotating electric field (REF) though an ideally penetrating REF drives a "positive" azimuthal current following rotating E × B drifts. This brings us an alternative acceleration concept, called a negative-moving response (NMR) acceleration, of the helicon plasma under practical conditions using a converging magnetic field because the internal electric potential, formed by the plasma response against the external field, drives the "negative" azimuthal current. Under realistic experimental conditions, e.g., a magnetic field of 0.2 T, AC frequency of <100 MHz, and AC voltage of <1000V, the resultant thrust can be estimated at an observable level of >0.1mN with the NMR acceleration. Moreover, the reverse REF is more favorable to the NMR acceleration than the conventional forward one because the reverse field produces a Lissajous acceleration in the converging magnetic field.

Original languageEnglish
Article number016202
JournalJapanese journal of applied physics
Volume55
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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