Boltzmann electron PIC simulation of the E-sail effect

  title={Boltzmann electron PIC simulation of the E-sail effect},
  author={P. Janhunen},
  journal={Annales Geophysicae},
  • P. Janhunen
  • Published 2015
  • Physics
  • Annales Geophysicae
  • Abstract. The solar wind electric sail (E-sail) is a planned in-space propulsion device that uses the natural solar wind momentum flux for spacecraft propulsion with the help of long, charged, centrifugally stretched tethers. The problem of accurately predicting the E-sail thrust is still somewhat open, however, due to a possible electron population trapped by the tether. Here we develop a new type of particle-in-cell (PIC) simulation for predicting E-sail thrust. In the new simulation… CONTINUE READING
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