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Chin. Phys. B, 2015, Vol. 24(5): 055201    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/24/5/055201
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Low-frequency oscillations in Hall thrusters

Wei Li-Qiua, Han Lianga, Yu Da-Rena, Guo Ningb
a Laboratory of Plasma Propulsion, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China;
b Science and Technology on Vacuum & Cryogenics Technology and Physics Laboratory, Lanzhou 730013, China
Abstract  In this paper, we summarize the research development of low-frequency oscillations in the last few decades. The findings of physical mechanism, characteristics and stabilizing methods of low-frequency oscillations are discussed. It shows that it is unreasonable and incomplete to model an ionization region separately to analyze the physical mechanism of low-frequency oscillations. Electro-dynamics as well as the formation conditions of ionization distribution play an important role in characteristics and stabilizing of low-frequency oscillations. Understanding the physical mechanism and characteristics of low- frequency oscillations thoroughly and developing a feasible method stabilizing this instability are still important research subjects.
Keywords:  low-frequency oscillations      plasma discharge      Hall thrusters     
Received:  12 November 2014      Published:  05 May 2015
PACS:  52.75.Di (Ion and plasma propulsion)  
Fund: Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51477035), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China (Grant No. HIT.NSRIF 2015064), and the Open Research Fund Program of State Key Laboratory of Cryogenic Vacuum Technology and Physics, China (Grant No. ZDK201304).
Corresponding Authors:  Wei Li-Qiu, Yu Da-Ren     E-mail:  weiliqiu@gmail.com, weiliqiu@hit.edu.cn;yudaren@hit.edu.cn
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Wei Li-Qiu, Han Liang, Yu Da-Ren, Guo Ning Low-frequency oscillations in Hall thrusters 2015 Chin. Phys. B 24 055201

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