We Have Ignition on Ion Engine #1

First Data AcquiredThe Clowers Research Group is now live.  Reporting in are the background ions from ionized air measured using a residual quadrupole gas analyzer and the LeCroy “Panzer” oscilloscope.  These data are to help monitor background gases in the high vacuum chamber (not shown) and provide diagnostic support for gases ionized by the excimer laser (also not shown).  With a little luck, laser beams are next week.  Stay tuned…

 

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