Robust Low-Cost Cathode for Commercial Applications
- Patterson, Michael J.
- September 2007.
- Physical Description:
- 1 electronic document
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- Unclassified, Unlimited, Publicly available.
- Under funding from the NASA Commercial Technology Office, a cathode assembly was designed, developed, fabricated, and tested for use in plasma sources for ground-based materials processing applications. The cathode development activity relied on the large prior NASA investment and successful development of high-current, high-efficiency, long-life hollow cathodes for use on the International Space Station Plasma Contactor System. The hollow cathode was designed and fabricated based on known engineering criteria and manufacturing processes for compatibility with the requirements of the plasma source. The transfer of NASA GRC-developed hollow cathode technology for use as an electron emitter in the commercial plasma source is anticipated to yield a significant increase in process control, while eliminating the present issues of electron emitter lifetime and contamination.
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 20070032740., NASA/TM-2007-214984., AIAA Paper-2007-5170., E-16155., and 43rd AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit; 8-11 Jul. 2007; Cincinnati, OH; United States.
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