High-Density Helicon Plasma Sources: Basics and Application to Electrodeless Electric Propulsion

S. Shinohara, T. Tanikawa, T. Hada, I. Funaki, H. Nishida, T. Matsuoka, F. Otsuka, K. P. Shamrai, T. S. Rudenko, T. Nakamura, A. Mishio, H. Ishii (+3 others)
2013 Fusion science and technology  
The development of unique, high-density helicon plasma sources is described. Characterization of the largest and the smallest source sizes is made along with a discussion of particle production efficiency using Ar gas. Next, we describe an application of helicon sources to plasma propulsion using a new advanced concept without any eroding electrodes, as a review of our Helicon Electrodeless Advanced Thruster (HEAT) project.
doi:10.13182/fst13-a16896 fatcat:hse2iq3e2bghrm4obeyyxe4bie