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PEPL Thrusters: XOCOT

Above: XOCOT discharge DICAM photos including typical formation and compression regimes during a 250-µs discharge. This series of photos spans about 60 µs. (From ref. 1)

Above: Schematic (left) of XOCOT system and photograph (right) of the XOCOT annular chamber, test setup, and current transmission cables (from ref. 1).

Selected Relevant Publications

  1. Kirtley, D. E., "Study of the Synchronous Operation of an Annular Field Reversed Configuration Plasma Device," Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2008.
  2. Kirtley, D., Brown, D., Gallimore, A. D., "Details on an Annular Field Reversed Configuration Plasma Device for Spacecraft Propulsion," IEPC-2005-171, 29th International Electric Propulsion Conference, Princeton, NJ, Oct 31- Nov 4, 2005.
  3. Kirtley, D., Haas, J.M., Gallimore, A.D., Reilly, M., "High Density Magnetized Toroid Formation and Translation within XOCOT: An Annular Field Reversed Configuration Plasma Concept," IEPC-2007-041, 30th International Electric Propulsion Conference, Florence, Italy, Sept. 17-20, 2007.
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