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YE Ji-fei, HONG Yan-ji, WANG Guang-yu, LI Nan-lei. Research progress in micro-laser plasma propulsion[J]. Chinese Optics, 2011, 4(4): 319-326.
Citation: YE Ji-fei, HONG Yan-ji, WANG Guang-yu, LI Nan-lei. Research progress in micro-laser plasma propulsion[J]. Chinese Optics, 2011, 4(4): 319-326.

Research progress in micro-laser plasma propulsion

  • Received Date: 12 May 2011
  • Rev Recd Date: 23 Jul 2011
  • Publish Date: 25 Aug 2011
  • To achieve the applications of micro-Laser Plasma Propulsion(LPP) to aerospace fields, the development of the LPP technologies during 10 years was introduced. The different working modes for the LPP were discussed and their advantages and disadvantages were analyzed briefly. The effects of laser micro ablation of a target on LPP properties were also introduced, which involves the state of target, structure of target, doped target, and the liquid target. For the purpose of the micro satellite orbit and posture control, the micro-Laser Plasma Thrusters(LPTs) developed by Phipps group in America were analyzed. Finally, the shortcomings in the research were pointed out and the further development of LPP technology was given.


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