The Hall Thruster Experiment (HTX) was established by Prof. Nathaniel J. Fisch and Dr. Yevgeny Raitses in 1999. The research objectives of the HTX are:
- Understanding of physics involved in operation of Hall thrusters and crossed field plasma discharges in general:
- Electron transport across magnetic field
- Plasma-wall interactions.
- Plasma instabilities and their control.
- Limitations of magnetic insulation in plasmas with magnetized electrons and non-magnetized ions.
- Scaling of Hall thrusters to micro-propulsion regimes.
- Interaction of high flux plasma jets with different targets (magnetic field, plasma and solid)
- Exploring new configurations of crossed field plasma devices for space, scientific and industrial applications.
- Study of steady state electrical discharge in crossed field devices under various pressures and gases.
- Measurements of secondary electron emission properties of dielectric materials and semiconductor materials and also surface architectured materials.
- Electron-beam plasma interactions.
- Non-equilibrium microplasma discharges.
- Material processing applications of magnetized plasmas.
- Applications of ferro-electric materials for efficient ionization and control of plasma-wall interaction in plasma sources.
Operation of the 2.0 KW Hall thrusterContact: Yevgeny Raitses, Head of HTX.