Direct measurement of the impulse in a magnetic thrust chamber system for laser fusion rocket

Akihiro Maeno, Naoji Yamamoto, Hideki Nakashima, Shinsuke Fujioka, Tomoyuki Johzaki, Yoshitaka Mori, Atsushi Sunahara

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Abstract

An experiment is conducted to measure an impulse for demonstrating a magnetic thrust chamber system for laser fusion rocket. The impulse is produced by the interaction between plasma and magnetic field. In the experiment, the system consists of plasma and neodymium permanent magnets. The plasma is created by a single-beam laser aiming at a polystyrene spherical target. The impulse is 1.5 to 2.2 μNs by means of a pendulum thrust stand, when the laser energy is 0.7 J. Without magnetic field, the measured impulse is found to be zero. These results indicate that the system for generating impulse is working.

Original languageEnglish
Article number071501
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume99
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 15 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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