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Characteristics of electromagnetic interference generated by arc dischargesElectromagnetic interference (EMI) signatures resulting from arc discharges are characterized, and the effects of electrostatic discharges (ESDs) on the design of spacecraft systems are investigated. EMI characterization experiments were performed on Mylar, Teflon, Kapton, fused silica, and fiberglass in a vacuum chamber with acrylic walls; the experimental design and procedures are described. Discharge current pulses and RF spectra generated by the sample materials are examined. The relation between the magnitude of EMI generated during an ESD event and the material, environment, and geometry is studied. The solar-array/plasma interaction is analyzed; particular attention is given to the rate of discharge as a function of plasma density. The physical mechanisms of ESD-generated EMI are discussed. The data reveal that ESD parameters are dependent on the test environment.
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Leung, Philip
(California Institute of Technology Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, United States)
Date Acquired
August 13, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1986
Subject Category
Ground Support Systems And Facilities (Space)
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