Charged particle motion inside the retarding potential analyzer

C. K. Chao, S. Y. Su

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One of the Ionospheric Plasma and Electrodynamics Instrument (IPEI) payload onboard the Republic of China satellite 1 (ROCSAT-1) spacecraft is a Retarding Potential Analyzer (RPA) to measure the ionospheric plasma composition, temperature, and the ram velocity of the flow. A three-dimensional computer model has been developed to simulate the ion and electron motions inside the RPA of the IPEI payload. The dynamical changes in the charged particles' motions corresponding to different electric potential profiles inside the RPA detector resulted in some distinctive measuring characteristics of the RPA detector, which show discrepancies in the measured of currents at the collector plate between the analytical model and the computer simulation. The important discoveries in the computer model are: (a) Ion transparency cannot be represented by the physical grid sizes in the detector. The alignments of the grid wires will also affect the ion transparency. The grid planes should be aligned for the maximum optical transparency to detect light ion fluxes. (b) Cut-off energy for protons is not as sharp as indicated in the analytical model. The contamination in the collector current from lighter ion species is possible. (c) Electron contamination at the collector plate is noticed if the mesh sizes are larger than the electron Debye length.

頁(從 - 到)101-107
期刊Physics of Plasmas
出版狀態已出版 - 1月 2000


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