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.