Calibrated cylindrical Mach probe in a plasma wind tunnel

Zhang, X.; Dandurand, D.; Gray, T.; Brown, M. R.; Lukin, V. S.
March 2011
Review of Scientific Instruments;Mar2011, Vol. 82 Issue 3, p033510
Academic Journal
A simple cylindrical Mach probe is described along with an independent calibration procedure in a magnetized plasma wind tunnel. A particle orbit calculation corroborates our model. The probe operates in the weakly magnetized regime in which probe dimension and ion orbit are of the same scale. Analytical and simulation models are favorably compared with experimental calibration.


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