Atsushi Komuro

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Momentum, i.e., force, exerted from a small helicon plasma thruster to a target plate is measured simultaneously with a direct thrust measurement using a thrust balance. The calibration coefficient relating a target displacement to a steady-state force is obtained by supplying a dc to a calibration coil mounted on the target, where a force acting to a small(More)
An electron energy probability function and a rf magnetic field are measured in a rf hydrogen helicon source, where axial and transverse static magnetic fields are applied to the source by solenoids and to the diffusion chamber by filter magnets, respectively. It is demonstrated that the helicon wave is reflected by the rapidly bent magnetic field and the(More)
Momentum exerted to a lateral wall of a helicon plasma source is individually measured for argon, krypton, and xenon gases. A significant loss of the axial plasma momentum to the lateral wall, which has been assumed to be negligible, is experimentally identified when an axially asymmetric density profile is formed in the source. This indicates that the(More)
The vibrationally excited molecules play an important role in the plasma process. We numerically calculate the two-dimensional point-to-plane streamer propagation and the vibrational kinetics in atmospheric pressure dry-air (80% N<inf>2</inf>, 20% O<inf>2</inf>) environment. The calculated streamer discharge characteristics, such as the mean streamer(More)
Characteristics of radio frequency (RF) plasma production are investigated using a field effect transistor inverter power supply as an RF wave source. With the frequency of around 0.3 MHz, an electron density over 10(18) m(-3) is produced in argon plasma. Although lower densities are obtained in hydrogen plasma, it drastically increased up to 5x10(18) m(-3)(More)
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