Plasma Chamber 2018-01-08T22:38:18+00:00

SAIL’s plasma chamber is 2 meters long and 1 meter in diameter with a base pressure of 10e-7 torr. It can generate a maximum plasma density of 10e9 cm3 and maximum electron temperature of 5 eV. The chamber is used for characterization of plasma diagnostic instruments that are flown on rockets and satellites.

​The chamber primarily uses argon as the ionizing species, but is capable of doing two gas species at a time. It has SAIL built and calibrated Langmuir probes for plasma characterization, a Residual Gas Analyzer, various thermocouples, and various other instruments in developmental stages.

​SAIL also has a student designed and built Dusty Plasma Chamber. Pictures are forthcoming.