Detection of surface glow related to spacecraft glow phenomena

W. D. Langer, S. A. Cohen, D. M. Manos, R. W. Motley, M. Ono, S. F. Paul, D. Roberts, H. Selberg

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We have developed a source of low energy neutral atoms and molecules by using a biased limiter to scrape‐off and reflect neutralized ions from a toroidal plasma. Beams of nitrogen and nitrogen‐oxygen mixtures with energies of 1 to 15 eV and fluxes ≳ 1014/cm²/s were directed onto target surfaces consisting of Z‐302 and Z‐306 paints. With the nitrogen beams we successfully detected a glow due to beam‐surface interactions. In addition, we observed a volume glow effect due to beam‐gas interactions which may play a role in spacecraft glow.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)377-380
Number of pages4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1986

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geophysics
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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