Plasma instabilities in plasma thrusters

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The nature and effects of plasma oscillations and instabilities in plasma thrusters will be reviewed in the context of the Hall thruster and the magnetoplasmadynamic thruster (MPDT). We will review the relevant experimental data and related analytical and numerical work. We will focus on the role of plasma instabilities and the associated turbulence in regulating and enhancing transport in the plasmas of these devices. In particular, the anomalous resistivity effect in MPDTs and the anomalous cross-field electron mobility in Hall thrusters will be illustrated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185
Number of pages1
JournalIEEE International Conference on Plasma Science
StatePublished - 2000
EventICOPS 2000 - 27th IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science - New Orleans, LA, USA
Duration: Jun 4 2000Jun 7 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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