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Home > Laboratory Study - The Elephant

Laboratory Study - the "Elephant"

ELEPHANT stands for: Experimental Low Energy Plasma for Hemispherical Analyzer Nominal Testing.

We are developing a large vacuum calibration and test system for quantifying the response of our particle detectors to the auroral environment. The sheaths that form around conducting bodies in a plasma can be a problem for the measurement of thermal plasma particles, and we hope to quantify and study these sheaths so that we can better understand our data.

Two JGR manuscripts have just been submitted illustrating sheath problems with thermal electron detectors in the aurora. They can be accessed through this site.

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