Electrostatic Propulsion

Electrostatic Propulsion

1st Edition - January 1, 1961

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  • Editor: David Langmuir
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323144971

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Electrostatic Propulsion focuses on issues, trends, and developments in electrostatic propulsion. The compilation is composed of technical papers primarily based on the symposium of the American Rocket Society held at the U. S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California on November 3–4, 1960. The book presents an investigation of the performance of ion rockets employing electron-bombardment ion sources. It also underscores the value of duoplasmatron in ion propulsion. The compilation then looks at the development of a negative ion source. Calibration of mass spectrometer, description of ion source, and the theory of surface ionization are described. The book also discusses experiments on oscillating-electron plasma source; the theory of ion emission from porous media; and the effects of surface structure and adsorption on the ionization efficiency of a surface ionization source. The text also considers a number of experiments, including the space-charge theory for ion beams, circular beam neutralization, and transient and steady state behavior in cesium ion beams. The book is a good source of information for readers wanting to study electrostatic propulsion.

Table of Contents

  • Ion and Plasma Propulsion Committee


    A. Ion Generation


    Experimental Performance of Ion Rockets Employing Electron-Bombardment Ion Sources

    The Duoplasmatron: Theoretical Studies and Experimental Observations

    The Development of a Negative Ion Source

    Liquid Metal Droplets for Heavy Particle Propulsion

    The Oscillating-Electron Plasma Source

    Theory of Ion Emission From Porous Media

    Characteristics of Porous Surface Ionizers

    The Effects of Surface Structure and Adsorption on the Ionization Efficiency of a Surface Ionization Source

    B. Ion Acceleration and Impact Effects


    Multiple Beam Ion Motors

    Space-Charge Theory for Ion Beams

    Sputtering Due to High Velocity Ion Bombardment

    Sputtering of Copper by Ion Bombardment in the Energy Range of 5-25 keV

    C. Neutralization


    A Three Dimensional Calculation of the Effects of Insufficient Space Charge Neutralization on Ion Rockets

    Numerical Techniques in the Calculation of Effects of Insufficient Space Charge Neutralization on Ion Rockets

    Justification of the Use of the Collisionless Boltzmann Equation for Ion Beam Neutralization Studies

    Circular Beam Neutralization

    An Electrogasdynamic Approach to the Ion Jet Charge Neutralization Problem

    Neutralization of Ion Beams for Propulsion by Electron Trap Formation

    Transient and Steady State Behavior in Cesium Ion Beams

    Neutralization of Ion Beams

    On Ion Rocket Neutralization

    Present Status of the Beam Neutralization Problem

    D. Techniques and Testing


    Theory and Application of Hot-Wire Calorimeter for Measurement of Ion Beam Power

    Beam Diagnostic Techniques

    Diagnostics of the Space Charge Neutralization of Ion Beams by Electron Injection

    Engineering Research in Electrostatic Propulsion Devices

    Diffusion of Cesium and Ionization on Porous Tungsten

    Trajectories and Thrust-Measurement Techniques for Space Testing of Ion Rocket Motors

    Instrumentation Program for Ion Engine Testing

    Concluding Remarks

Product details

  • No. of pages: 592
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1961
  • Published: January 1, 1961
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323144971

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David Langmuir

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