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PEPL Thrusters: NSTAR FTM-2

Above: A NSTAR ion engine discharging in a NASA vacuum facility (image source: NASA).

Above: NSTAR FTM-2 ion engine prior to installation of optical diagnostics access port.

Selected Relevant Publications

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
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