Dan M. Goebel, Ira Katz "Fundamentals of Electric Propulsion: Ion and Hall Thrusters"
Wiley | 2008-11-10 | ISBN: 0470429275 | 508 pages | PDF
This important new book explains the fundamentals of electric propulsion for spacecraft and describes in detail the physics and characteristics of the two major electric thrusters in use today, ion and Hall thrusters. The authors provide an introduction to plasma physics in order to allow readers to understand the models and derivations used in determining electric thruster performance. Next, they present detailed explanations of: thruster principles; ion thruster plasma generators and accelerator grids; hollow cathodes; hall thrusters; ion and Hall thruster plumes; and flight ion and Hall thrusters.