DIELECTRICS AND SPACECRAFT CHARGING

Authors
  1. Edwards, W.D.
Corporate Authors
Communications Research Centre, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Abstract
The assumption is made that spacecraft charging effects may be alleviated by using conducting dielectrics for spacecraft construction. The sources of charge within dielectrics are considered. The conductivity of dielectrics is discussed in terms of the charge carrier density n and the mobility mu. An examination is made of the ways in which n and mu might be increased in a manner suitable for satellite use. Methods of reducing the spacecraft potential with respect to the plasma are also considered.
Report Number
1317 —
Date of publication
15 Apr 1978
Number of Pages
22
DSTKIM No
78-02704
CANDIS No
83389
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS

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