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Title: Numerical validation of axial plasma momentum lost to a lateral wall induced by neutral depletion

Momentum imparted to a lateral wall of a compact inductively coupled plasma thruster is numerically investigated for argon and xenon gases by a particle-in-cell simulation with Monte Carlo collisions (PIC-MCC). Axial plasma momentum lost to a lateral wall is clearly shown when axial depletion of the neutrals is enhanced, which is in qualitative agreement with the result in a recent experiment using a helicon plasma source [Takahashi et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 195001 (2015)]. The PIC-MCC calculations demonstrate that the neutral depletion causes an axially asymmetric profile of the plasma density and potential, leading to axial ion acceleration and the non-negligible net axial force exerted to the lateral wall in the opposite direction of the thrust.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2]
  1. Division of Systems Research, Yokohama National University, Yokohama 240-8501 (Japan)
  2. Department of Electrical Engineering, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8579 (Japan)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22489883
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 22; Journal Issue: 11; Other Information: (c) 2015 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; ARGON; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; MONTE CARLO METHOD; PLASMA DENSITY; THRUSTERS; XENON