Erosion Measurements by Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy for the VHITAL Program

Abstract

We report the use of cavity ring-down spectroscopy (CRDS) as a diagnostic tool to study sputter erosion of the VHITAL (Very High Isp Thruster with Anode Layer) thruster. The lifetime of the VHITAL thruster is largely governed by sputter erosion of guard-rings and other critical components. The CRDS technique will be used to measure sputtered molybdenum in… (More)

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