Effect of anode dielectric coating on Hall thruster operation

Dorf, L.; Raitses, Y.; Fisch, N.J.; Semenov, V.
February 2004
Applied Physics Letters;2/16/2004, Vol. 84 Issue 7, p1070
Academic Journal
An interesting phenomenon observed in the near-anode region of a Hall thruster is that the anode fall changes from positive to negative upon removal of the dielectric coating, which is produced on the anode surface during the normal course of Hall thruster operation. The effect of the anode coating on the anode fall is studied experimentally using both biased and emissive probes. Measurements of discharge current oscillations indicate that thruster operation is more stable with the coated anode. The physical mechanism of this phenomenon is not yet understood. © 2004 American Institute of Physics.


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