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Cesium Plasma Generation

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2 Author(s)
Bromberg, M.L. ; Space Power and Propulsion Section General Electric Company Cincinnati, Ohio ; Free, B.A.

A cesium plasma source based on arc ionization of cesium vapor has been developed. Energy efficiencies of less than 100 electron volts per ion at ionization levels of 75-95% and flow rates of 500-1300 milliamperes are readily attained. A simplified theoretical model has been developed which accounts satisfactorily for arc initiation and ion recombination.

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Aerospace, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:2 ,  Issue: 2 )