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|Abstract:||© 2016, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA. All rights reserved. An interactive software tool is developed to characterize the waves and instabilities present in plasma thrusters by solving for the complex zeros of plasma dispersion rela- tions. This tool helps researchers explore plasma waves and instabilities in their particular plasma thruster configuration. A user-friendly graphical interface allows versatile data in- put and parametric control. The zeros of the dispersion relation are located and tracked by root-finding algorithms based on Cauchy’s Argument Principle and Newton-Raphson’s method. Information about the instabilities found is presented through various data visu- alization options. The software tool is validated by reproducing previous work concerning instabilities arising in Hall thrusters from solutions to a simplified Esipchuk-Tilinin disper- sion relation.|
|Citation:||Mata, SR, Choueiri, EY, Jorns, B, Spektor, R. (2016). PRINCE: A software tool for characterizing waves and instabilities in plasma thrusters. 52nd AIAA/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, 2016|
|Type of Material:||Conference Article|
|Journal/Proceeding Title:||52nd AIAA/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, 2016|
|Version:||Final published version. This is an open access article.|
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