TITLE

Dispersion relations of electron density fluctuations in a Hall thruster plasma, observed by collective light scattering

AUTHOR(S)
Tsikata, S.; Lemoine, N.; Pisarev, V.; Grésillon, D. M.
PUB. DATE
March 2009
SOURCE
Physics of Plasmas;Mar2009, Vol. 16 Issue 3, p033506
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Kinetic models and numerical simulations of Evector ×Bvector plasma discharges predict microfluctuations at the scales of the electron cyclotron drift radius and the ion plasma frequency. With the help of a specially designed collective scattering device, the first experimental observations of small-scale electron density fluctuations inside the plasma volume are obtained, and observed in the expected ranges of spatial and time scales. The anisotropy, dispersion relations, form factor, amplitude, and spatial distribution of these electron density fluctuations are described and compared to theoretical expectations.
ACCESSION #
37258839

 

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