The dominant unstable electrostatic wave modes of an electromagnetically accelerated plasma are investigated. The study is the first part of a three-phase investigation aimed at characterizing the current-driven turbulent dissipation degrading the efficiency of Lorentz force plasma accelerators such as the MPD thruster. The analysis uses a kinetic theory that includes magnetic and thermal effects as well as those of an electron current transverse to the magnetic field and collisions, thus combining all the features of our previous models. Analytical and numerical solutions allow a detailed description of threshold criteria, finite growth behavior, destabilization mechanisms and maximized-growth characteristics of the dominant unstable modes. The lower hybrid current-driven instability is implicated as dominant and was found to preserve its character in the colli-sional plasma regime of the accelerator.
|Original language||English (US)|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1990|
|Event||AlAA/DGLR/JSASS 21st International Electric Propulsion Conference, 1990 - Orlando, United States|
Duration: Jul 18 1990 → Jul 20 1990
|Other||AlAA/DGLR/JSASS 21st International Electric Propulsion Conference, 1990|
|Period||7/18/90 → 7/20/90|
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