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dc.contributor.authorOlsen, Richard Christopher
dc.date1989-08
dc.date.accessioned2013-02-27T23:27:48Z
dc.date.available2013-02-27T23:27:48Z
dc.date.issued1989-08
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/28896
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe emission and collection of current from satellites or rockets in the ionosphere is a process which, at equilibrium, requires a balance between inward and outward currents. In most active experiments in the ionosphere and magnetosphere, the emitted current exceeds the integrated thermal current by one or more orders of magnitude. The system response is typically for the emitted current to be limited by processes such as differential charging of insulating surfaces, interactions between an emitted beam and the local plasma, and interactions between the beam and local neutral gas. These current limiting mechanisms have been illustrated for 20 years in sounding rocket and satellite experiments, which are reviewed here. Detailed presentations of the SCATHA electron and ion gun experiments are used to demonstrate the general range of observed phenomena. Keywords: Spacecraft charging; Electron beams; Ion beams; Active charge controlen_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/currentlimitingm00olse
dc.format.extent64 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.en_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. As such, it is in the public domain, and under the provisions of Title 17, United States Code, Section 105, may not be copyrighted.en_US
dc.subject.lcshCURRENT LIMITERSen_US
dc.titleCurrent limiting mechanisms in electron and ion beams experimentsen_US
dc.typeTechnical Reporten_US
dc.contributor.corporateNaval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
dc.contributor.departmentPhysicsen_US
dc.identifier.oclcocn640935058
dc.identifier.npsreportNPS-61-89-013


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