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


  • 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.

author list (cited authors)

  • Rubin, A. S., Zaidi, S. H., & Miles, R. B.
  • Rubin, A., Zaidi, S., & Miles, R.

publication date

  • January 2013