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PEPL Doctoral Dissertations

Any technical questions should be directed to the appropriate researcher or the PEPL director. Many of the papers below are available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format (download free Acrobat Reader here). If you see a paper number underlined, the PDF is available.

Ph.D. Dissertations (sorted starting with most recent)

Trent, K., "Control of the Electron Energy Distribution Function (EEDF) in a Hall Thruster Plasma," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2016.

Ebersohn, F., "Kinetic Method for Quasi-One-Dimensional Simulation of Magnetic Nozzle Plasmadynamics," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2016.

Durot, C., "Development of a Time-Resolved Laser-Induced Fluorescence Technique for Nonperiodic Oscillations," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2016.

Sekerak, M., "Plasma Oscillations and Operational Modes in Hall Effect Thrusters," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2014.

Florenz, R., "The X3 100-kW Class Nested-Channel Hall Thruster: Motivation, Implementation, and Initial Performance," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2014.

Liang, R., "The Combination of Two Concentric Discharge Channels into a Nested Hall-Effect Thruster," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2013.

Shabshelowitz, A., "Study of RF Plasma Technology Applied to Air-Breathing Electric Propulsion," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2013.

Spencer, L., "The Study of CO2 Conversion in a Microwave Plasma/Catalyst System," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2012.

McDonald, M., "Electron Transport in Hall Thrusters," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2012.

Huang, W., "Study of Hall Thruster Discharge Channel Wall Erosion via Optical Diagnostics," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2011.

Tang, R., "Study of the Gasdynamic Mirror (GDM) Propulsion System," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2011.

Shastry, R., "Experimental Characterization of the Near-Wall Region in Hall Thrusters and its Implications on Performance and Lifetime," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2011. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2011.

Liu, T. M., "The Design Space of a Micro/Nano-Particle Electrostatic Propulsion System," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2010.

Lobbia, R. B., "A Time-resolved Investigation of the Hall Thruster Breathing Mode," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2010.

Ngom, B. B., "Magnetic Field Simulation and Mapping Based on Zeeman-split Laser-induced Fluorescence Spectra of Xenon in the Discharge Channel of 5-6 kW Coaxial Stationary-Plasma Hall Thrusters," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2009.

Nguyen, S. V. T., "Hydrogen Production in a Radio-Frequency Plasma Source Operating on Water Vapor," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2009.

Brown, D. L., "Investigation of Low Discharge Voltage Hall Thruster Characteristics and Evaluation of Loss Mechanisms," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2009.

Lemmer, K. M., "Use of a Helicon Source for Development of a Re-Entry Blackout Amelioration System," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2009.

Reid, B. M., "The Influence of Neutral Flow Rate in the Operation of Hall Thrusters," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2009.

Patel, P. R., "Automating Optimal Interplanetary Trajectories and System Trade Studies," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2008.

Kirtley, D. E., "Study of the Synchronous Operation of an Annular Field Reversed Configuration Plasma Device," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2008.

Linnell, J. A., "An Evaluation of Krypton Propellant in Hall Thrusters," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2007.

Victor, A. L., "Design and Utilization of a Top Hat Analyzer for Hall Thruster Plume Diagnostics," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2006.

Rovey, J. L., "A Multiple-Cathode, High-Power, Rectangular Ion Thruster Discharge Chamber for Increasing Thruster Lifetime," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2006.

Herman, D. A., "The Use of Electrostatic Probes to Characterize the Discharge Plasma Structure and Identify Discharge Cathode Erosion Mechanisms in Ring-Cusp Ion Thrusters," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2005.

Walker, M. L. R., "Effects of Facility Backpressure on the Performance and Plume of a Hall Thruster," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2005.

Peterson, P. Y., "The Development and Characterization of a Two-Stage Hybrid Hall/Ion Thruster," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2004.

Hofer, R. R., "Development and Characterization of High-Efficiency, High-Specific Impulse Xenon Hall Thrusters," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2004.

Beal, B. E., "Clustering of Hall Effect Thrusters for High-Power Electric Propulsion Applications," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2004.

Smith, T. B., "Deconvolution of Ion Velocity Distributions from Laser-Induced Fluorescence Spectra of Xenon Electrostatic Thruster Plumes," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2003.

Haas, J. M.,"Low-perturbation Interrogation of the Internal and Near-field Plasma Structure of a Hall Thruster Using a High-Speed Probe Positioning System," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2001.

Williams, G. J., "The Use of Laser-Induced Fluorescence to Characterize Discharge Cathode Erosion in a 30cm Ring-Cusp Ion Thruster," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2000.

Domonkos, M. T., "Evaluation of Low-Current Orificed Hollow Cathodes," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 1999.

Gulczinski, F. S., "Examination of the Structure and Evolution of Ion Energy Properties of a 5 kW Class Laboratory Hall Effect Thruster at Various Operational Conditions," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 1999.

Kim, S. W., "Experimental Investigations of Plasma Parameters and Species-Dependent Ion Energy Distribution in the Plasma Exhaust Plume of a Hall Thruster," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 1999.

Marrese, C. M., "Compatibility of Field Emission Cathode and Electric Propulsion Technologies," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 1999.

Van Noord, J. L., "Thermal Model of an Ion Thruster," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 1999.

Bilén, S. G., "Pulse Propagation Along Conductors in Low-density, Cold Plasmas as Applied to Electrodynamic Tethers in the Ionosphere," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 1998.

King, L. B., "Transport-property and Mass Spectral Measurements n the Plasma Exhaust Plume of a Hall-effect Space Propulsion System," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 1998.

Foster, J., "An Investigation of the Near-Anode Region and its Role in Anode Power Deposition in an Arc Discharge under the Influence of a Transverse Magnetic Field," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 1996.

Ohler, S. G., "Space Electric Propulsion Plasma Characterization Using Microwave and Ion Acoustic Wave Propagation," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 1996.

Gallimore, A. D., "Anode Power Deposition in Coaxial MPD Thrusters," Ph.D. Dissertation, Princeton University, 1992.

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