Accession Number : AD0607761
Title : ANALYSIS OF PERFORMANCE OF A ROCKET-BORNE RETARDING POTENTIAL ANALYZER.
Descriptive Note : Final rept.,
Corporate Author : AMERICAN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING INC CAMBRIDGE MASS
Personal Author(s) : Manley,Oscar P.
Report Date : MAY 1964
Pagination or Media Count : 43
Abstract : The use of a rocket-borne retarding potential analyzer (RSHOWN THAT AT THE ALTITUDES OF INTEREST (40 to 90 km) shock ionization induced by the nose-cone may exceed ambient ionization. Moreover, the positive ion current measured by means of the RPA is not linearly dependent on the ion density; at present, the precise functional dependence between the two quantities cannot be established analytically. (Author)
Descriptors : (*IONIZATION POTENTIALS, IONOSPHERE), (*IONOSPHERE, GAS IONIZATION), (*GAS IONIZATION, MEASUREMENT), SPACEBORNE, IONS, IONIC CURRENT, DENSITY, ELECTRON DENSITY, ELECTROSTATICS, AERODYNAMIC HEATING, SHOCK WAVES, VELOCITY, PLASMA SHEATHS, MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS, ATMOSPHERIC SOUNDING
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE