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Grid effects on the derived ion temperature and ram velocity from the simulated results of the retarding potential analyzer data Original Research Article
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C.K. Chao، نويسنده , , S.-Y. Su، نويسنده , , H.C Yeh، نويسنده ,
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دوهفته نامه با شماره پیاپی سال 2003
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The ROCSAT-1 satellite circulating at 600 km altitude in the low- and mid-latitude topside ionosphere carries a retarding potential analyzer to measure the ion composition, temperature, and the plasma flow velocity in the ram direction. Based on an existing three-dimensional model, the particleʹs motion inside the instrument is simulated with the exact wire and mesh sizes but with a smaller aperture of the real sensor configuration. The simulation results indicate that the retarding grids could not provide a uniform retarding potential barrier to completely repel low energy particles. Some of low energy particles could pass through those grids and arrive at the collector. The leakage will cause the ram velocity to be over-estimated for by about 180 m/sec. Furthermore, the simulated O+ temperature derived from the I-V curve is lower than the input temperature due to ion losses from colliding with the grids from the non-uniform potential field generated by the high retarding voltage.
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Advances in Space Research
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