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dc.contributor.advisor Reiff, Patricia H.
dc.creatorWeiss, Loretta Ann
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-04T00:34:13Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-04T00:34:13Z
dc.date.issued 1988
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/13327
dc.description.abstract The Comet Rendezvous and Asteroid Flyby Mission (CRAF) will include, as one of its complement of thirteen scientific instruments, a plasma electron analyzer capable of providing 3-dimensional measurements of the energy and angular distribution of electrons in the solar wind, asteroidal and cometary environments. After initial instrument selection, mission planners at JPL suggested that an instrument capable of performing angular scanning electronically rather than mechanically be investigated. This thesis describes the development of the redesigned CRAF plasma electron detector, consisting of an electronic scanning component, called the "elevation analyzer", and an energy analyzing component based on the Soft Particle Spectrometer (SPS). The numerical simulation of each component's operation--consisting of ray-tracing particles through the electrostatic field of each analyzer and collecting statistics on those particles successfully transmitted--is used to determine the energy and angular response functions of each component and the design dimensions that optimize these responses.
dc.format.extent 86 p.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectAstronomy
Astrophysics
dc.title The development of the plasma electron analyzer for the Comet Rendezvous and Asteroid Flyby Mission
dc.type.genre Thesis
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thesis.degree.department Physics
thesis.degree.discipline Natural Sciences
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Science
dc.identifier.citation Weiss, Loretta Ann. "The development of the plasma electron analyzer for the Comet Rendezvous and Asteroid Flyby Mission." (1988) Master’s Thesis, Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/13327.


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