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Chin. Phys. B, 2018, Vol. 27(4): 045201    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/27/4/045201
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Particle-in-cell simulation for the effect of magnetic cusp on discharge characteristics in a cylindrical Hall thruster

Sheng-Tao Liang(梁圣涛), Hui Liu(刘辉), Da-Ren Yu(于达仁)
Laboratory of Plasma Propulsion, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China
Abstract  The cylindrical Hall thruster has the good prospect of serving as a miniaturized electric propulsion device. A 2D-3V particle-in-cell plus Monte Carlo (PIC-MCC) method is used to study the effect of the magnetic cusp on discharge characteristics of a cylindrical Hall thruster. The simulation results show that the main ionization region and the main potential drop of the thruster are located at the upstream of the discharge channel. When the magnetic cusp moves toward the anode side, the main ionization region is compressed and weakened, moving upstream correspondingly. The ionization near the cusp is enhanced, and the interaction between the plasma and the wall increases. The simulation results suggest that the magnetic cusp should be located near the channel exit.
Keywords:  cylindrical Hall thruster      PIC-MCC method      magnetic cusp     
Received:  16 November 2017      Published:  05 April 2018
PACS:  52.65.Pp (Monte Carlo methods)  
  52.65.Rr (Particle-in-cell method)  
  52.75.Di (Ion and plasma propulsion)  
Fund: Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11505041 and 51776047).
Corresponding Authors:  Hui Liu     E-mail:  huiliu@hit.edu.cn

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Sheng-Tao Liang(梁圣涛), Hui Liu(刘辉), Da-Ren Yu(于达仁) Particle-in-cell simulation for the effect of magnetic cusp on discharge characteristics in a cylindrical Hall thruster 2018 Chin. Phys. B 27 045201

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