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Next Generation Hall effect Thruster Concepts

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F49620-03-C-0088
Agency Tracking Number: F033-0310
Amount: $99,494.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2003
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
1306 Blue Spruce Drive, Unit A, Fort Collins, CO, 80524
DUNS: 041515131
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Viacheslav Zhurin
 Plasma Physicist
 (970) 407-0167
 zhurin@ionsources.com
Business Contact
 Harold Kaufman
Title: President
Phone: (970) 221-5026
Email: kaufman@ionsources.com
Research Institution
 TEXAS TECH UNIV.
 John Mankowski
 Center for Pulsed and Power El, Department of Electrical and
Lubbock, TX, 79409
 (806) 742-0526
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The purpose of this proposal is the research and development of low power (about 100 W) close-drift thruster with improved magnetic field. The patented design of the magnetic field makes possible to dramatically reduce the permissible size of aconventional stationary plasma thruster (SPT) that is limited by magnetic saturation of the inner magnetic path. The thruster with our improved magnetic field has a 20 mm outside diameter for the discharge channel and an overall diameter of 47 mm. Thethruster's mass is less than 150 g with an electromagnetic coil, and it could be reduced to 100 g with a permanent magnet configuration. Thruster efficiency is higher than 0.35 with a specific impulse of 1860-1290 sec. Thruster operates on xenon withdischarge voltage of 150-350 V. The technology generated in the research and development should have applications in commercial ion sources used in a variety of thin-film industry.

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