Experimental Simulation of Spacecraft Charging by Artificial Ion Beam Emission

Abstract

Charging of a small electrically floated body, equipped with an unneutralized microwave ion source, was experimentally studied in a vacuum chamber. When a xenon ion beam of 16 mm in diameter was released from a cubic floating body, 10 cm on each side, the body was negatively charged at a rate of I<sub>b</sub>/C, where I<sub>b</sub> is the ion-beam current… (More)

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@article{Funaki2006ExperimentalSO, title={Experimental Simulation of Spacecraft Charging by Artificial Ion Beam Emission}, author={Ikkoh Funaki and Hideyuki Usui and Yutaro Nakayama and Hitoshi Kuninaka}, journal={IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science}, year={2006}, volume={34}, pages={2031-2037} }