Thrust vectoring of a laser-ablated plasma using permanent magnets and various materials Conference Paper uri icon

abstract

  • 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.

name of conference

  • 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition

published proceedings

  • 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition

author list (cited authors)

  • Rubin, A., Zaidi, S., & Miles, R.

publication date

  • January 1, 2013 11:11 AM