Title

Plasma Theory for Undergraduate Education

Presenter Information

Joseph Hakanson

Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Major

Aerospace Engineering

Research Advisor

Rovey, Joshua L.

Advisor's Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Funding Source

Missouri Space Grant

Abstract

These instructions will discuss both DC plasma theory as well as describe experiments that can be used for undergraduate instruction of DC plasma diagnostics. Experimental breakdown curves and Langmuir Probe curves will be obtained and studied with the use of a DC glow test article. Through the development of these experiments, the Missouri S&T Aerospace Plasma Laboratory (AP Lab) have experimentally achieved data that resembles theoretical models. From this, useful quantities can be obtained, such as breakdown voltage region (lower limit: p*d = 0.2 Torr*cm), electron temperature (Te = 3eV), etc. The results of the AP Lab have been included in this document for reference.

Biography

Joseph (Joe) Hakanson is an undergraduate junior dual majoring in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. He hopes to one day work for a company that produces space transportation vehicles. He enjoys attending church activities and rock climbing in his free time.

Research Category

Engineering

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Location

Upper Atrium/Hall

Presentation Date

15 Apr 2015, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Plasma Theory for Undergraduate Education

Upper Atrium/Hall

These instructions will discuss both DC plasma theory as well as describe experiments that can be used for undergraduate instruction of DC plasma diagnostics. Experimental breakdown curves and Langmuir Probe curves will be obtained and studied with the use of a DC glow test article. Through the development of these experiments, the Missouri S&T Aerospace Plasma Laboratory (AP Lab) have experimentally achieved data that resembles theoretical models. From this, useful quantities can be obtained, such as breakdown voltage region (lower limit: p*d = 0.2 Torr*cm), electron temperature (Te = 3eV), etc. The results of the AP Lab have been included in this document for reference.