Development of Electrostatic Levitator at JPL


We report preliminary results of the design and operation of electrostatic levitators we have developed at JPL. Discussion is focussed on the single-axis levitators for ground-based operation and for operation in the reduced gravity environment. Design principles and the performance of final products are described.

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We wish to acknowledge M. Hyson and M. Collender for their software programming, W. Simms and J. Kovatch for their assistance in electronics and hardware design. The research described in this paper was carried out by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology through an agreement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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Rhim, WK., Saffren, M.M. & Elleman, D.D. Development of Electrostatic Levitator at JPL. MRS Online Proceedings Library 9, 115–119 (1981).

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