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"Zyflex": Next generation plasma chamber for complex plasma research in space

Knapek, Christina A. and Konopka, Uwe and Mohr, Daniel P. and Huber, Peter and Lipaev, Andrey and Thomas, Hubertus M. (2021) "Zyflex": Next generation plasma chamber for complex plasma research in space. Review of Scientific Instruments (92), p. 103505. American Institute of Physics (AIP). doi: 10.1063/5.0062165. ISSN 0034-6748.

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Official URL: https://aip.scitation.org/doi/10.1063/5.0062165


In this paper, we give a detailed description of a novel plasma chamber - the Zyflex chamber - that has been specifically designed for complex/dusty plasma research under reduced gravitational influence as realized during parabolic flight or aboard the International Space Station. The cylindrical, radio-frequency driven discharge device includes a variety of innovations that, for example, allow us to flexibly adjust plasma parameters and its volume via enhanced plasma generation control and a movable, multi-segmented electrode system. The new complex/dusty plasma research tool also supports, due to its overall increased size compared to former space based complex plasma experiments such as PKE-Nefedov or PK-3 Plus, much larger particle systems. Additionally, it can be operated at much lower neutral gas pressures, thus reducing the damping of particle motion considerably. Beyond the technical description and particle-in-cell simulation based characterization of the plasma vessel, we show sample results from experiments performed with this device in the laboratory as well as during parabolic flights, both of which clearly demonstrate the new quality of complex/dusty plasma research that becomes accessible with this new plasma device.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/146659/
Document Type:Article
Title:"Zyflex": Next generation plasma chamber for complex plasma research in space
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Knapek, Christina A.UNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-7105-627XUNSPECIFIED
Konopka, UweUniversity of Auburn, Auburn, UsaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Mohr, Daniel P.UNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-9382-6586UNSPECIFIED
Huber, PeterUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1426-6104UNSPECIFIED
Lipaev, AndreyJoint Institute for High Temperatures, RAS, MoscowUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Thomas, Hubertus M.UNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-8358-2023UNSPECIFIED
Date:21 October 2021
Journal or Publication Title:Review of Scientific Instruments
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:p. 103505
Publisher:American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Keywords:complex plasma, microgravity research, ISS, Zyflex plasma chamber
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Research under Space Conditions
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R FR - Research under Space Conditions
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Ekoplasma
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Materials Physics in Space > Research Group Complex Plasma
Deposited By: Knapek, Dr. Christina A.
Deposited On:06 Dec 2021 08:16
Last Modified:06 Dec 2021 08:16

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