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The Physics of Satellite Charging
Causes, Effects, and Applications

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ISBN 9780367224745
February 16, 2022 Forthcoming by CRC Press
144 Pages 56 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book will explore the fundamentals of spacecraft charging: why it occurs, when it occurs, where it occurs, how to measure it, and its side effects. It will discuss state-of-the-art spacecraft charging technologies, which will be explained in detail and with pedagogical emphasis. Exercises for further learning will be included to facilitate a deeper understanding of the material.

It will be of interest to advanced undergraduate and graduate students, in addition to researchers working in physics and engineering keen to understand more about spacecraft interactions with space plasmas.

Key Features:

  • Translates complex terminology into accessible language
  • Authored by experts in the field
  • Provides worked examples and exercises for further learning

Table of Contents

Chapter 1.Overview.

Chapter 2. Spacecraft Equilibrium Potential.

Chapter 3. Current Balance.

Chapter 4. How to Measure Spacecraft Potential.

Chapter 5. Secondary and Backscattered Electrons.

Chapter 6. Critical Temperature for the Onset of Spacecraft Charging.

Chapter 7. Importance of Surface Conditions.

Chapter 8. High-Level Spacecraft Potential.

Chapter 9. Spacecraft Charging in Sunlight.

Chapter 10. The Monopole-Dipole Model.

Chapter 11. The Question of Independence on Ambient Electron Density in Spacecraft Charging.

Chapter 12. Spacecraft Charging Induced by Beam Emissions.

Chapter 13. Mitigation Methods.

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Shu T. Lai is a Visiting Scientist at the Space Propulsion Laboratory, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at the Institute for Space Research, Boston College. He received a Ph.D. degree in physics from Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA, in 1971, and the Certificate of Special Studies in administration and management from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA, in 1986. He has authored many papers and was the Chair of the AIAA Atmospheric and Space Environments Technical Committee from 2003 to 2005. Dr. Lai is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Institute of Physics (IOP), and the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He is a Senior Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science and received his PhD degree from Massahusetts Institute of Technology.

Rezy Pradipta is a Research Scientist at Boston College, USA. He received his Bachelor degree in Physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006, as well as Master and Ph.D. degrees in Nuclear Science and Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2007 and 2012. His research focus is on ionospheric and space plasma phenomena using a variety of ground-based and satellite-borne diagnostic instruments. In addition, he also teaches an upper-level undergraduate space weather course at Boston College.