Faraday acceleration with radio-frequency assisted discharge

Edgar Y. Choueiri, Kurt A. Polzin

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A new electrodeless accelerator concept that relies on an rf-assisted discharge, an applied magnetic field, and electromagnetic acceleration using an inductive coil is presented. The presence of a preionized plasma allows for current sheet formation at lower discharge voltages and energies than those found in other pulsed inductive accelerator concepts. A proof-of-concept experiment, supported by optical and probe diagnostics, has been constructed and used to demonstrate low-voltage, low-energy current sheet formation and acceleration. Magnetic field data indicate that the peak sheet velocity in this unoptimized configuration operating at a pulse energy of 78.5 J is 12 km/s. Visual observations indicate that plasma follows the applied magnetic field from the rf discharge to the face of the planar acceleration coil, while magnetic field probing and visualization using a fast-framing camera show the formation and acceleration of the current sheet.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)611-619
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Propulsion and Power
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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