Two-Dimensional Simulation of a Radio-Frequency Ion Thruster Discharge

  title={Two-Dimensional Simulation of a Radio-Frequency Ion Thruster Discharge},
  author={Michael Meng-Tsuan Tsay and Manuel Martinez-Sanchez},
An original simulation code is under development for an inductively-coupled, radiofrequency ion thruster discharge. The code considers fluid model and is two-dimensional in axisymmetric space and three-dimensional in velocity. Major theory development of the discharge model includes the coupling and diffusion of the magnetic field induced by both the coil and the plasma. Expression for coil-induced magnetic field is found and such field serves as the source term in the equation for magnetic… CONTINUE READING