Fifteen cm mercury ion thruster research, 1976
- Wilbur, P. J.
- Dec 1, 1976.
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- Improvements in 15 cm diameter, SERT II, mercury ion thruster performance effected by the use of SHAG optics at 33 V discharge voltage were discussed. At a 200 eV/ion discharge power, 90 percent propellant utilization and 660 mA beam current condition a doubly-to-singly charged ion current ratio of about 4 percent was measured. Performance of the 15 cm multipole mercury thruster (optimized for length and the point of electron injection) was compared to that of divergent (SERT II) and cusped field designs and found to be comparable. The need for a magnetic baffle in the multipole thruster was identified and the preferred point of electron injection was at the upstream end of the discharge chamber. Results of preliminary tests on the effects of discharge voltage and total accelerating voltage on perveance and beam divergence characteristics of two grid ion optics were examined. Experimental data showing the effect of target temperature on sputtering rates in a mercury discharge environment were presented and a deficiency in the tests procedure was identified.
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- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 19770010204.
Accession ID: 77N17147.
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