A review of electrodynamic tethers for science applications.

Sanmartín Losada, Juan Ramón (2010). A review of electrodynamic tethers for science applications.. "Plasma Source Science Thecnology", v. 19 (n. 3); p. 34022. ISSN 0963-0252. https://doi.org/10.1088/0963-0252/19/3/034022.

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Title: A review of electrodynamic tethers for science applications.
Author/s:
  • Sanmartín Losada, Juan Ramón
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Plasma Source Science Thecnology
Date: June 2010
Volume: 19
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Faculty: E.T.S.I. Aeronáuticos (UPM)
Department: Física Aplicada a la Ingeniería Aeronáutica [hasta 2014]
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

A bare electrodynamic tether (EDT) is a conductive thin wire or tape tens of kilometres long, which is kept taut in space by gravity gradient or spinning, and is left bare of insulation to collect (and carry) current as a cylindrical Langmuir probe in an ambient magnetized plasma. An EDT is a probe in mesothermal flow at highly positive (or negative) bias, with a large or extremely large 2D sheath, which may show effects from the magnetic self-field of its current and have electrons adiabatically trapped in its ram front. Beyond technical applications ranging from propellantless propulsion to power generation in orbit, EDTs allow broad scientific uses such as generating electron beams and artificial auroras, exciting Alfven waves and whistlers, modifying the radiation belts and exploring interplanetary space and the Jovian magnetosphere. Asymptotic analysis, numerical simulations, ground and space tests and past and planned missions on EDTs are briefly reviewed.

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Item ID: 8463
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/8463/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:8463
DOI: 10.1088/0963-0252/19/3/034022
Official URL: http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/0963-0252/19/3/034022/meta
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 19 Aug 2011 10:35
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2016 08:44
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