Thrust vectoring of a laser-ablated plasma using permanent magnets and various materials
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Magnetic steering of the thrust vector for a laser-ablated plasma was demonstrated experimentally using a 1 Tesla permanent-magnets array and a single laser pulse of around 100 mJ. A 3 MHz ultra-fast frame rate charge-coupled device camera was used to record continuous sequential images of the plasma plume formed from ablation with a 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser. Three materials including aluminum, Teflon, and Nylon were used in this experiment. It was found that in each case, in the presence of a tilted magnetic field, the propagation direction of the plasma plume shifted toward the field lines. The shift was more pronounced in case of aluminum. © 2013 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Rubin, A. S., Zaidi, S. H., & Miles, R. B.
Rubin, A., Zaidi, S., & Miles, R.