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Title: Plasma oscillations in a 6-kW magnetically shielded Hall thruster

Plasma oscillations from 0–100 kHz in a 6-kW magnetically shielded Hall thruster are experimentally characterized with a high-speed, optical camera. Two modes are identified at 7–12 kHz and 70–90 kHz. The low frequency mode is found to be azimuthally uniform across the thruster face, while the high frequency oscillation is peaked close to the centerline-mounted cathode with an m = 1 azimuthal dependence. An analysis of these results in the context of wave-based theory suggests that the low frequency wave is the breathing mode oscillation, while the higher frequency mode is gradient-driven. The effect of these oscillations on thruster operation is examined through an analysis of thruster discharge current and a comparison with published observations from an unshielded variant of the thruster. Most notably, it is found that although the oscillation spectra of the two thrusters are different, they exhibit nearly identical steady-state behavior.
Authors:
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  1. Electric Propulsion Group, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91109 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22300131
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 21; Journal Issue: 5; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; CATHODES; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; KHZ RANGE 01-100; OSCILLATION MODES; PLASMA WAVES; SAWTOOTH OSCILLATIONS; STEADY-STATE CONDITIONS; THRUSTERS