Electrostatic Potentials Developed by ATS-5

  • Sherman E. DeForest
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 37)


Investigation of the properties of low-energy particles measured on board ATS-5 show that the synchronous spacecraft can charge to −12.000 V in eclipse, and several hundred volts in sunlight. Differential charging can produce local fields of several thousands of volts per meter in the near vicinity of the spacecraft surface. Time constants for charging can be less than a second to tens of minutes.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sherman E. DeForest
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  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSan DiegoUSA

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