Ion accelerator systems for high power 30 cm thruster operation
- Aston, G.
- Nov 15, 1982.
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- Two and three-grid accelerator systems for high power ion thruster operation were investigated. Two-grid translation tests show that over compensation of the 30 cm thruster SHAG grid set spacing the 30 cm thruster radial plasma density variation and by incorporating grid compensation only sufficient to maintain grid hole axial alignment, it is shown that beam current gains as large as 50% can be realized. Three-grid translation tests performed with a simulated 30 cm thruster discharge chamber show that substantial beamlet steering can be reliably affected by decelerator grid translation only, at net-to-total voltage ratios as low as 0.05.
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- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 19830002943.
Accession ID: 83N11213.
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