TITLE

Wave propagation downstream of a high power helicon in a dipolelike magnetic field

AUTHOR(S)
Prager, James; Ziemba, Timothy; Winglee, Robert; Roberson, B. Race
PUB. DATE
January 2010
SOURCE
Physics of Plasmas;Jan2010, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p013504
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The wave propagating downstream of a high power helicon source in a diverging magnetic field was investigated experimentally. The magnetic field of the wave has been measured both axially and radially. The three-dimensional structure of the propagating wave is observed and its wavelength and phase velocity are determined. The measurements are compared to predictions from helicon theory and that of a freely propagating whistler wave. The implications of this work on the helicon as a thruster are also discussed.
ACCESSION #
47807077

 

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