Accession Number : AD0701316

Title :   AN ION TEMPERATURE SENSITIVE END EFFECT IN CYLINDRICAL LANGMUIR PROBE RESPONSE AT IONOSPHERIC SATELLITE CONDITIONS,

Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE FLUID MECHANICS LAB

Personal Author(s) : Hester,Sidney D. ; Sonin ,Ain A.

Report Date : SEP 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 45

Abstract : Computations and experiments are presented for an end effect which can dominate the ion current response of long, cylindrical Langmuir probes in high speed, collisionfree flows. The end effect, which takes the form of an increase in ion current when the probe is aligned with the flow direction, depends strongly on the plasma properties and flow speed, and can be large even for very long probes when the speed ratio is large and the probe radius small compared with the Debye length. Experimental data are compared with theory, and some apparently contradictory results reported in the literature are reconciled in terms of the end effect. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*SCIENTIFIC SATELLITES, *LANGMUIR PROBES), IONOSPHERE, CYLINDRICAL BODIES, TEMPERATURE, ELECTRIC CURRENTS, PLASMA MEDIUM

Subject Categories : Atmospheric Physics
      Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics
      Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE