A proof of concept investigation : A unique mobility spectrometer for In Situ diagnostics of positive and negative ion distributions in the mesosphere and lower ionosphere
- Szuszczewicz, Edward P.
- Jun. 17, 1996.
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- We have carried out a proof-of-concept development and test effort that not only promises the reduction of parasitic effects of surface contamination (therefore increasing the integrity of 'in situ' measurements in the 60-130 km regime), but promises a uniquely expanded measurement set that includes electron densities, plasma conductivities, charged-particle mobilities, and mass discrimination of positive and negative ion distributions throughout the continuum to free-molecular-flow regimes. Three different sensor configurations were designed, built and tested, along with specialized driving voltage, electrometer and channeltron control electronics. The individual systems were tested in a variety of simulated space environments ranging from pressures near the continuum limit of 100 mTorr to the collisionless regime at 10(exp -6) Torr. Swept modes were initially employed to better understand ion optics and ion 'beam' losses to end walls and to control electrodes. This swept mode also helped better understand and mitigate the influences of secondary electrons on the overall performance of the PIMS design concept. Final results demonstrated the utility of the concept in dominant single-ion plasma environments. Accumulated information, including theoretical concepts and laboratory data, suggest that multi-ion diagnostics are fully within the instrument capabilities and that cold plasma tests with minimized pre-aperture sheath acceleration are the key ingredients to multi-ion success.
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 19960027886., Accession ID: 96N29028., NAS 1.26:201048., Rept-97-17., SAIC-96/1081., and NASA-CR-201048.
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