Accession Number : AD0717725

Title :   Survey of Electrostatic Probe Theories.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : AEROSPACE CORP SAN BERNARDINO CALIF SAN BERNARDINO OPERATIONS

Personal Author(s) : Fedele,J. B.

Report Date : 20 NOV 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 59

Abstract : The dominant theories in existence for continuum electrostatic flush probes are reviewed and evaluated. Comparisons of theories with experiments are presented. Conditions for validity of the theories are presented, and applicable altitude ranges for reentry vehicle plasma flow field diagnostics are given. Spherical and cylindrical Langmuir (collisonless) probe theory and spherical continuum probe theories are surveyed. Current state-of-the-art industry efforts in electrostatic probe theory are described. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PROBES(ELECTROMAGNETIC), THEORY), (*ELECTRON DENSITY, MEASUREMENT), LANGMUIR PROBES, PLASMA MEDIUM, REENTRY VEHICLES, COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS, ATMOSPHERE ENTRY, BOUNDARY LAYER, BLACKOUT(PROPAGATION), DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS, PLASMA SHEATHS, DESIGN, OPERATION

Subject Categories : Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
      Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE