Accession Number : AD0284381

Title :   SOME ASPECTS OF PLASMA ACCELERATION AND DIAGNOSTICS

Corporate Author : PICATINNY ARSENAL DOVER N J

Personal Author(s) : SCHACK,LLOYD M. ; VERNER,S.S.

Report Date : SEP 1962

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : Methods of plasma propulsion are discussed and a detailed exposition on a variation of the rail device (the coaxial accelerator) is presented. Parameters necessary for accelerating a metal derived plasma with an aggregate mass of one milligram to a velocity of 10 to the 8th power cm/sec are established. In a discussion of plasma diagnostics, the techniques of Langmuir probes, the Mach-Zehnder interferometer, spectroscopy, and photography are presented. The diagnostic techniques describe methods for obtaining plasma temperature and density primarily. (Author)

Descriptors :   *PLASMAS(PHYSICS), *PROPULSION SYSTEMS, ACCELERATION, DENSITY, INTERFEROMETERS, SPECTROGRAPHIC ANALYSIS, TEMPERATURE

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE