Development of electrodeless plasma thrusters with high-density helicon plasma sources

Shunjiro Shinohara, Hiroyuki Nishida, Takao Tanikawa, Tohru Hada, Ikkoh Funaki, Konstantin P. Shamrai

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    Helicon plasma sources are very useful in many aspects and are applicable to many fields across science and technology, as they can supply high-density (~1013 cm-3) plasmas with a broad range of external operating parameters. In this paper, developed, featured sources with various sizes are characterized along with discussions on their particle production efficiency. This paper aims to develop systems that can realize schemes with completely electrodeless plasma production and acceleration. This is expected to mitigate the existing problems of the finite lifetimes inherent in electric plasma propulsion tools. Experimental and theoretical approaches that implement such schemes are presented.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number6798761
    Pages (from-to)1245-1254
    Number of pages10
    JournalIEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - May 2014

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
    • Condensed Matter Physics


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