Title

Plasmonic Force Propulsion for Small Spacecraft

Presenter Information

Matthew Glascock

Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Major

Aerospace Engineering

Research Advisor

Rovey, Joshua L.
Yang, Xiaodong

Advisor's Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Funding Source

OURE Fellows Program

Abstract

Plasmonic force propulsion is a revolutionary concept that can overcome one of the biggest obstacles to unlocking the full potential of small spacecraft: mobility. Fundamentally, the concept relies on the rapidly expanding field of plasmonics, which is focused on optical interactions with deep sub-wavelength scale metallic nanostructures. Specially designed lenses are able to focus incident light, such as sunlight, into very precise and powerful optical force fields. A plasmonic propulsion thruster device uses engineered metallic nanostructures that harness raw sunlight to expel nanoparticles at a high speed. By studying the various design characteristics of this device, the performance and impact of a plasmonic force propulsion system for small spacecraft is examined.

Biography

Matt Glascock is a Senior student currently in pursuit of an Aerospace Engineering Bachelor’s degree, with a minor in Physics. He has enjoyed a very successful academic career thus far. Outside of the curriculum, he is involved in the Missouri Satellite Project student research team on campus at Missouri S&T, developing a micro satellite for the University Nanosat Program. He is also conducting undergraduate research in the space propulsion field in the Aerospace Plasma Laboratory on campus. Matt has plans to attend graduate school for an academic doctorate degree in the Aerospace Engineering field following graduation in May 2014. His research interests lie mainly in the field of electric space propulsion, and its application to small satellites.

Research Category

Engineering

Presentation Type

OURE Fellows Final Oral Presentation

Document Type

Presentation

Award

Fellows 13-14 Final Stipend

Location

Carver Room

Presentation Date

16 Apr 2014, 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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Plasmonic Force Propulsion for Small Spacecraft

Carver Room

Plasmonic force propulsion is a revolutionary concept that can overcome one of the biggest obstacles to unlocking the full potential of small spacecraft: mobility. Fundamentally, the concept relies on the rapidly expanding field of plasmonics, which is focused on optical interactions with deep sub-wavelength scale metallic nanostructures. Specially designed lenses are able to focus incident light, such as sunlight, into very precise and powerful optical force fields. A plasmonic propulsion thruster device uses engineered metallic nanostructures that harness raw sunlight to expel nanoparticles at a high speed. By studying the various design characteristics of this device, the performance and impact of a plasmonic force propulsion system for small spacecraft is examined.