Ionospheric Analysis with Langmuir Probes: Sheath and Edge Effects
Thursday, 18 December 2014
The Langmuir probe has been an essential instrument in the space sciences since the 1920s, providing data throughout the heliosphere. In this investigation of Langmuir probes, simulations were performed via the Spacecraft Plasma Interaction System (SPIS) to determine the influence of plasma sheath effects on the Planar Langmuir Probe (PLP) of the Communication/Navigation Outage Forecast Satellite (C/NOFS) subject an International Reference Ionosphere (IRI) model plasma environment. Electron temperatures extracted by a fitting routine employed onto SPIS results and PLP data assist in qualifying the accuracy of PLP measurements. Ultimately, the question is asked- what is the extent that sheath and edge effects have on data returned by Langmuir probes?