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dc.contributor.advisorBengtson, Roger D.
dc.creatorMeyer, Jackie L., 1978-
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-08T18:49:11Z
dc.date.available2017-05-08T18:49:11Z
dc.date.issued2007-08
dc.identifierdoi:10.15781/T2DN4019N
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/46764
dc.description.abstractPlasma rockets show potential as an alternative to chemical rockets. However, previous theoretical work and models have shown that a plasma would not easily detach from the magnetic field lines that form the magnetic nozzle. Recent theoretical work counters this view by showing that, as a plasma flows from subAlfvénic velocities to superAlfvénic velocities it will have enough energy to detach from the ambient magnetic field. This theory was tested experimentally at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in 2006. A model was developed to compare experimental densities and velocities with calculations. Results show that the plasma does detach from the ambient field lines in multiple magnetic field configurations.en_US
dc.format.mediumelectronicen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.relation.ispartofUT Electronic Theses and Dissertationsen_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en_US
dc.subjectPlasma rocketsen_US
dc.subjectMagnetic field linesen_US
dc.subjectMagnetic nozzleen_US
dc.titleExperimental study of plasma separation from a magnetic fielden_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.departmentPhysicsen_US
dc.type.genreThesisen_US
thesis.degree.departmentPhysicsen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineApplied Physicsen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austinen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
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