Accession Number : ADP002107

Title :   Floating Potentials and the Hot Plasma Generated by an Electron-Beam-Emitting Rocket in the Ionosphere,

Corporate Author : MINNESOTA UNIV MINNEAPOLIS SCHOOL OF PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY

Personal Author(s) : Winckler,J. R.

Report Date : 25 JAN 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : This paper summarizes some recent experimental results concerning the potentials of a large vehicle emitting a powerful electron beam in the ionosphere. Many such experiments have been conducted in the last decade (see Winckler 1) and these experiments indicate that if a constant electron beam is emitted in the ionosphere from a large rocket or other space vehicle, a return current may be drawn from the ionospheric plasma that will stabilize the potential of the vehicle in the range of a few tens of volts to perhaps several hundred volts.

Descriptors :   *Electron beams, *Electron emission, *Spacecraft, Ionosphere, Rockets, Hot gases, Turbulence, High temperature, Plasmas(Physics)

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE