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Since 2005, I have worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA in the Electric Propulsion Group. JPL is a NASA federally funded research and development center (FFRDC). The lab is managed by the California Institute of Technology.

Between 2000-2005, I worked first as an intern, then part-time, and eventually full-time, in the Electric Propulsion Group at NASA Glenn Research Center.

From 1998 to 2004, I was a Ph.D. student in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan, where I worked in the Plasmadynamics and Electric Propulsion Laboratory. My thesis advisor was Prof. Alec Gallimore.  

Questions or comments are welcome. Feel free to contact me at the e-mail address listed at the bottom of this page.

Ph.D. Dissertation

Hofer, R. R., "Development and characterization of high-efficiency, high-specific impulse xenon Hall thrusters," Ph.D. dissertation, Dept. of Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, 2004.

Journal Articles

  1. Sekerak, M. J., Longmier, B. W., Gallimore, A. D., Brown, D. L., Hofer, R. R., and Polk, J. E., "Azimuthal Spoke Propagation in Hall Effect Thrusters," IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science 43, 1, 72-85 (2015).
  2. Conversano, R. W., Goebel, D. M., Hofer, R. R., Matlock, T. S., and Wirz, R. E., "Development and Initial Testing of a Magnetically Shielded Miniature Hall Thruster," IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science 43, 1, 103-117 (2015).
  3. Goebel, D. M., Hofer, R. R., Mikellides, I. G., Katz, I., Polk, J. E., and Dotson, B. N., "Conducting Wall Hall Thrusters," IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science 43, 1, 118-126 (2015).
  4. Oh, D. Y., Snyder, J. S., Goebel, D. M., Hofer, R. R., and Randolph, T. M., "Solar Electric Propulsion for Discovery-Class Missions," Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 51, 6, 1822-1835 (2014).
  5. Mikellides, I. G., Hofer, R. R., Katz, I., and Goebel, D. M., "Magnetic Shielding of Hall Thrusters at High Discharge Voltages," Journal of Applied Physics, 116, 053302 (2014).
  6. Jorns, B. A. and Hofer, R. R., "Plasma Oscillations in a 6-kW Magnetically Shielded Hall Thruster," Physics of Plasmas 21, 5, 053512 (2014).
  7. Snyder, J. S., Brophy, J. R., Hofer, R. R., Goebel, D. M., and Katz, I.. "Experimental Investigation of a Direct-Drive Hall Thruster and Solar Array System," Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets,Vol. 51, No. 1, 360-373 (2014).
  8. Mikellides, I. G., Katz, I., Hofer, R. R., and Goebel, D. M., “Magnetic Shielding of a Laboratory Hall Thruster, Part I: Theory and Validation,” Journal of Applied Physics, 115, 043303 (2014).
  9. Hofer, R. R., Goebel, D. M., Mikellides, I. G., and Katz, I., "Magnetic Shielding of a Laboratory Hall Thruster Part II: Experiments,” Journal of Applied Physics, 115, 043304 (2014).
  10. Mikellides, I. G., Katz, I., Hofer, R. R., and Goebel, D. M., "Magnetic Shielding of Walls from the Unmagnetized Ion Beam in a Hall Thruster," Applied Physics Letters 102, 2, 023509 (2013).
  11. Hofer, R. R. and Randolph, T. M., "Mass and Cost Model for Selecting Thruster Size in Electric Propulsion Systems," Journal of Propulsion and Power 29, 1, 166-177 (2013).
  12. Goebel, D. M., Jameson, K. K., and Hofer, R. R., "Hall Thruster Cathode Flow Impact on Coupling Voltage and Cathode Life," Journal of Propulsion and Power 28, 2, 355-363 (2012).
  13. Snyder, J. S., Goebel, D. M., Hofer, R. R., Polk, J. E., Wallace, N. C., Simpson, H., "Performance Evaluation of the T6 Ion Engine," Journal of Propulsion and Power 28, 2, 371-379 (2012).
  14. Huang, W., Gallimore, A. D., and Hofer, R. R., "Neutral Flow Evolution in a 6-kW Hall Thruster," Journal of Propulsion and Power 27, 3, 553-563 (2011).
  15. Mikellides, I. G., Katz, I., Hofer, R. R., Goebel, D. M., De Grys, K. H., and Mathers, A., "Magnetic Shielding of the Acceleration Channel in a Long-Life Hall Thruster," Physics of Plasmas 18, 033501 (2011).
  16. Reid, B. M., Gallimore, A. D., Hofer, R. R., Li, Y., and Haas, J. M., "Anode Design and Verification for a 6-kW Hall Thruster," JANNAF Journal of Propulsion and Energetics 3, 1, 29-43 (2010).
  17. Shastry, R., Hofer, R. R., Reid, B. M., and Gallimore, A. D., "Method for Analyzing ExB Probe Spectra from Hall Thruster Plumes," Review of Scientific Instruments 80, 063502 (2009).
  18. Hofer, R. R., Johnson, L. K., Goebel, D. M., and Wirz, R. E., "Effects of Internally-Mounted Cathodes on Hall Thruster Plume Properties," IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science 36, 5, 2004-2014 (2008).
  19. Katz, I., Hofer, R. R., and Goebel, D. M., "Ion Current in Hall Thrusters," IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science 36, 5, 2015-2024 (2008).
  20. Hofer, R. R. and Gallimore, A. D., "High-Specific Impulse Hall Thrusters, Part 1: Influence of Current Density and Magnetic Field," Journal of Propulsion and Power 22 (4), 721-731 (2006).
  21. Hofer, R. R. and Gallimore, A. D., "High-Specific Impulse Hall Thrusters, Part 2: Efficiency Analysis," Journal of Propulsion and Power 22 (4), 732-740 (2006).
  22. Walker, M. L. R., Hofer, R. R., and Gallimore, A. D., "Ion Collection in Hall Thruster Plumes," Journal of Propulsion and Power 22 (1), 205-209 (2006).
  23. Walker, M. L. R., Victor, A. L., Hofer, R. R., and Gallimore, A. D., "Effect of Backpressure on Ion Current Density Measurements in Hall Thruster Plumes," Journal of Propulsion and Power 21 (3), 408-415 (2005).

Conference Papers and Other Publications

  1. Jorns, B. A., Goebel, D. M., and Hofer, R. R., "Plasma Perturbations in High-Speed Probing of Hall Thruster Discharge Chambers: Quantification and Mitigation," AIAA-2015-4006, July 2015.
  2. Lopez Ortega, A., Jorns, B. A., Mikellides, I. G., and Hofer, R. R., "Numerical Simulations of the XR-5 Hall Thruster for Life Assessment at Different Operating Conditions," AIAA-2015-4008, July 2015.
  3. Garner, C. E., Jorns, B. A., Van Derventer, S., Hofer, R. R., Rickard, R., Liang, R., and Delgado, J., "Low-Power Operation and Plasma Characterization of a Qualification Model SPT-140 Hall Thruster for NASA Science Missions," AIAA-2015-3720, July 2015.
  4. Herman, D. A., Santiago, W., Kamhawi, H., Polk, J. E., Snyder, J. S., Hofer, R. R., and Parker, J. M., "The Ion Propulsion System for the Solar Electric Propulsion Technology Demonstration Mission," Presented at the 34th International Electric Propulsion Conference, IEPC-2015-008, Kobe, Japan, July 4-10, 2015.
  5. Hofer, R., Kamhawi, H., Herman, D., Polk, J., Snyder, J. S., Mikellides, I., Huang, W., Myers, J., Yim, J., Williams, G., Lopez Ortega, A., Jorns, B., Sekerak, M., Griffiths, C. et al., "Development Approach and Status of the 12.5 kW HERMeS Hall Thruster for the Solar Electric Propulsion Technology Demonstration Mission," Presented at the 34th International Electric Propulsion Conference, IEPC-2015-186, Kobe, Japan, July 4-10, 2015.
  6. Kamhawi, H., Huang, W., Haag, T., Shastry, R., Thomas, R., Yim, J., Herman, D., Williams, G., Myers, J., Hofer, R., Mikellides, I., Sekerak, M., and Polk, J., "Performance and Facility Background Pressure Characterization Tests of NASA's 12.5-kW Hall Effect Rocket with Magnetic Shielding Thruster," Presented at the 34th International Electric Propulsion Conference, IEPC-2015-007, Kobe, Japan, July 4-10, 2015.
  7. Mikellides, I. G., Lopez Ortega, A., Hofer, R. R., Polk, J. E., Kamhawi, H., Yim, J. T., and Myers, J., "Hall2De Simulations of a 12.5-kW Magnetically Shielded Hall Thruster for the NASA Solar Electric Propulsion Technology Demonstration Mission," Presented at the 34th International Electric Propulsion Conference, IEPC-2015-254, Kobe, Japan, July 4-10, 2015.
  8. Sekerak, M. J., Hofer, R. R., Polk, J. E., Jorns, B. A., and Mikellides, I. G., "Wear Testing of a Magnetically Shielded Hall Thruster at 2000 S Specific Impulse," Presented at the 34th International Electric Propulsion Conference, IEPC-2015-155, Kobe, Japan, July 4-10, 2015.
  9. Hofer, R. R., Kamhawi, H., Mikellides, I., Herman, D., Polk, J., Huang, W., Yim, J., Myers, J., and Shastry, R., "Design Methodology and Scaling of the 12.5 kW HERMeS Hall Thruster for the Solar Electric Propulsion Technology Demonstration Mission," Presented at the 62nd JANNAF Propulsion Meeting, JANNAF-2015-3946, Nashville, TN, June 1-5, 2015.
  10. Hall, S. J., Florenz, R. E., Gallimore, A. D., Kamhawi, H., Brown, D. L., Peterson, P. Y., Polk, J. E., and Hofer, R. R., "Design Details of a 100-kW Class Nested-Channel Hall Thruster," Presented at the 62nd JANNAF Propulsion Meeting, Nashville, TN, June 1-5, 2015.
  11. Hofer, R. R. and Anderson, J. R., "Finite Pressure Effects in Magnetically Shielded Hall Thrusters," AIAA Paper 2014-3709, July 2014.
  12. Kamhawi, H., Huang, W., Haag, T., Yim, J., Chang, L., Clayman, L., Herman, D. A., Shastry, R., Thomas, R., Griffith, C., Myers, J., Williams, G., Mikellides, I. G., Hofer, R. R. et al., "Overview of the Development of the Solar Electric Propulsion Technology Demonstration Mission 12.5-kW Hall Thruster," AIAA Paper 2014-3898, July 2014.
  13. Conversano, R. W., Goebel, D. M., Mikellides, I. G., Hofer, R. R., Matlock, T. S., Wirz, R. E., and Mikellides, I. G., "Magnetically Shielded Miniature Hall Thruster: Performance Assessment and Status Update," AIAA Paper 2014-3896, July 2014.
  14. Goebel, D. M., Jorns, B., Hofer, R. R., Mikellides, I. G., and Katz, I., "Pole-Piece Interactions with the Plasma in a Magnetically Shielded Hall Thruster," AIAA Paper 2014-3899, July 2014.
  15. Jorns, B., Hofer, R. R., and Mikellides, I. G., "Power Dependence of the Electron Mobility Profile in a Hall Thruster," AIAA Paper 2014-3620, July 2014.
  16. Hall, S. J., Florenz, R. E., Gallimore, A., Kamhawi, H., Brown, D. L., Polk, J. E., Goebel, D. M., and Hofer, R. R., "Implementation and Initial Validation of a 100-kW Class Nested-Channel Hall Thruster," AIAA Paper 2014-3815, July 2014.
  17. Sekerak, M. J., Longmier, B., Gallimore, A., Huang, W., Kamhawi, H., Hofer, R. R., Jorns, B., and Polk, J. E., "Mode Transitions in Magnetically Shielded Hall Effect Thrusters," AIAA Paper 2014-3511, July 2014.
  18. Snyder, J. S. and Hofer, R. R., "Throttled Performance of the SPT-140 Hall Thruster," AIAA Paper 2014-3816, July 2014.
  19. Hofer, R. R., Jorns, B. A., Polk, J. E., Mikellides, I. G., and Snyder, J. S., "Wear Test of a Magnetically Shielded Hall Thruster at 3000 Seconds Specific Impulse," Presented at the 33rd International Electric Propulsion Conference, IEPC-2013-033, Washington, DC, Oct 6-10, 2013.
  20. Conversano, R. W., Goebel, D. M., Hofer, R. R., Matlock, T. S., and Wirz, R. E., "Magnetically Shielded Miniature Hall Thruster: Development and Initial Testing," Presented at the 33rd International Electric Propulsion Conference, IEPC-2013-201, Washington, DC, Oct 6-10, 2013.
  21. Goebel, D. M., Hofer, R. R., Mikellides, I. G., Katz, I., Polk, J. E., and Dotson, B., "Conducting Wall Hall Thrusters," Presented at the 33rd International Electric Propulsion Conference, IEPC-2013-276, Washington, DC, Oct 6-10, 2013.
  22. Oh, D. Y., Snyder, J. S., Goebel, D. M., Hofer, R. R., Landau, D. F., and Randolph, T. M., "Solar Electric Propulsion for Discovery Class Missions," Presented at the 33rd International Electric Propulsion Conference, IEPC-2013-124, Washington, DC, Oct. 6-10, 2013.
  23. Sekerak, M. J., Longmier, B. W., Gallimore, A. D., Brown, D. L., Hofer, R. R., and Polk, J. E., "Azimuthal Spoke Propogation in Hall Effect Thrusters," Presented at the 33rd International Electric Propulsion Conference, IEPC Paper 2013-143, Washington, DC, Oct. 6-10, 2013.
  24. Jorns, B. A. and Hofer, R. R., “Low Frequency Plasma Oscillations in a 6-kW Magnetically Shielded Hall Thruster,” AIAA-2013-4119, July 2013.
  25. Goebel, D. M., Hofer, R. R., Mikellides, I. G., Katz, I., Polk, J. E., Dotson, B., “Conducting Wall Hall Thrusters,” AIAA-2013-4117, July 2013.
  26. Mikellides, I. M., Hofer, R. R., Katz, I., Goebel, D. M., “The Effectiveness of Magnetic Shielding in High-Isp Hall Thrusters,” AIAA-2013-3885, July 2013.
  27. Sekerak, M. J., Longmier, B. W., Gallimore, A. D., Brown, D. L., Hofer, R. R., Polk, J. E., “Mode Transitions in Hall Effect Thrusters,” AIAA-2013-4116, July 2013.
  28. Sekerak, M., McDonald, M., Hofer, R., and Gallimore, A., "Hall Thruster Plume Measurements from High-Speed Dual Langmuir Probes with Ion Saturation Reference," Proceedings of the IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MT, March 2-9, 2013, pp. 1-16, (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Washington, DC).
  29. McDonald, M. S., Sekerak, M. J., Gallimore, A. D., and Hofer, R. R., "Plasma Oscillation Effects on Nested Hall Thruster Operation and Stability," Proceedings of the IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MT, March 2-9, 2013, pp. 1-17, (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Washington, DC).
  30. Strange, N., Landau, D., Hofer, R., Snyder, J. S., Randolph, T., Campagnola, S. et al., "Solar Electric Propulsion Gravity-Assist Tours for Jupiter Missions," AIAA Paper 2012-4518, August 2012.
  31. Florenz, R., Liu, T. M., Gallimore, A. D., Kamhawi, H., Brown, D. L., Hofer, R. R. et al., "Electric Propulsion of a Different Class: The Challenges of Testing for Megawatt Missions," AIAA-2012-3942, July 2012.
  32. Hofer, R. R., Goebel, D. M., Mikellides, I. G., and Katz, I., "Design of a Laboratory Hall Thruster with Magnetically Shielded Channel Walls, Phase II: Experiments," AIAA-2012-3788, July 2012.
  33. Mikellides, I. G., Katz, I., Hofer, R. R., and Goebel, D. M., "Design of a Laboratory Hall Thruster with Magnetically Shielded Channel Walls, Phase III: Comparison of Theory with Experiment," AIAA-2012-3789, July 2012.
  34. Snyder, J. S., Brophy, J., Hofer, R. R., Goebel, D. M., and Katz, I., "Experimental Investigation of a Direct-Drive Hall Thruster and Solar Array System at Power Levels up to 10 kW," AIAA-2012-4068, July 2012.
  35. Hofer, R. R. and Randolph, T. M., "Mass and Cost Model for Selecting Thruster Size in Electric Propulsion Systems," AIAA Paper 2011-5518, July 2011.
  36. Mikellides, I. G., Katz, I., and Hofer, R. R., "Design of a Laboratory Hall Thruster with Magnetically Shielded Channel Walls, Phase One: Numerical Simulations," AIAA Paper 2011-5809, July 2011.
  37. Shastry, R., Gallimore, A. D., and Hofer, R. R., "Experimental Characterization of the near-Wall Plasma in a 6-kW Hall Thruster and Comparison to Simulation," AIAA Paper 2011-5589, July 2011.
  38. Sultan, A., Koch, B., Mathers, A., and Hofer, R. R., "Development of a Modular Hall Thruster Power Converter," AIAA Paper 2011-5997, July 2011.
  39. Strange, N., Merrill, R., Landau, D., Drake, B., Brophy, J., and Hofer, R., "Human Missions to Phobos and Deimos Using Combined Chemical and Solar Electric Propulsion," AIAA Paper 2011-5663, July 2011.
  40. Katz, I., Mikellides, I. G., and Hofer, R. R., "Channel Wall Plasma Thermal Loads in Hall Thrusters with Magnetic Shielding," AIAA Paper 2011-6082, July 2011.
  41. Hofer, R. R., "High-Specific Impulse Operation of the BPT-4000 Hall Thruster for NASA Science Missions," AIAA Paper 2010-6623, July 2010.
  42. Mikellides, I. G., Katz, I., Hofer, R. R., Goebel, D. M., De Grys, K. H. et al., "Magnetic Shielding of the Acceleration Channel in a Long-Life Hall Thruster," AIAA Paper 2010-6942, July 2010.
  43. Snyder, J. S., Goebel, D. M., Hofer, R. R., Polk, J. E., Wallace, N. C. et al., "Performance Evaluation of the T6 Ion Engine," AIAA Paper 2010-7114, July 2010.
  44. Mueller, J., Hofer, R. R., Parker, M., and Ziemer, J. K., "Survey of Propulsion Options for Cubesats," Presented at the 57th JANNAF Propulsion Meeting, Colorado Springs, CO, May 3-7, 2010.
  45. Shastry, R., Gallimore, A. D., and Hofer, R. R., "Erosion Characterization Via Ion Power Deposition Measurements in a 6-kW Hall Thruster," Presented at the 57th JANNAF Propulsion Meeting, Colorado Springs, CO, May 3-7, 2010.
  46. McDonald, M. S., Gallimore, A. D., Hofer, R. R., and Goebel, D. M., "Development of a 3D Electron Trajectory Model with Monte Carlo Collisions for the Hall Thruster Near-Field Plume," Presented at the 57th JANNAF Propulsion Meeting, Colorado Springs, CO, May 3-7, 2010.
  47. Hofer, R. R., Goebel, D. M., Snyder, J. S., and Sandler, I., "BPT-4000 Hall Thruster Extended Power Throttling Range Characterization for NASA Science Missions," Presented at the 31st International Electric Propulsion Conference, IEPC-2009-085, Ann Arbor, MI, Sept. 20-24, 2009.
  48. Mikellides, I. G., Katz, I., Hofer, R. R., and Goebel, D. M., "Hall-Effect Thruster Simulations with 2-D Electron Transport and Hydrodynamic Ions," Presented at the 31st International Electric Propulsion Conference, IEPC-2009-114, Ann Arbor, MI, Sept. 20-24, 2009.
  49. Oh, D. Y., Hofer, R. R., Katz, I., Sims, J. A., Warner, N. Z. et al., "Benefits of Using Hall Thrusters for a Mars Sample Return Mission," Presented at the 31st International Electric Propulsion Conference, IEPC-2009-217, Ann Arbor, MI, Sept. 20-24, 2009.
  50. Shastry, R., Gallimore, A. D., and Hofer, R. R., "Near-Wall Plasma Characterization of a 6-kW Hall Thruster," Presented at the 31st International Electric Propulsion Conference, IEPC-2009-133, Ann Arbor, MI, Sept. 20-24, 2009.
  51. Snyder, J. S., Randolph, T. M., Hofer, R. R., and Goebel, D. M., "Simplified Ion Thruster Xenon Feed System for NASA Science Missions," Presented at the 31st International Electric Propulsion Conference, IEPC-2009-064, Ann Arbor, MI, Sept. 20-24, 2009.
  52. Szabo, J., Robin, M., Duggan, J., and Hofer, R. R., "Light Metal Propellant Hall Thrusters," Presented at the 31st International Electric Propulsion Conference, IEPC-2009-138, Ann Arbor, MI, Sept. 20-24, 2009.
  53. Shastry, R., Gallimore, A. D., and Hofer, R. R., "Near-Wall Plasma Properties and EEDF Measurements of a 6-kW Hall Thruster," AIAA-2009-5356, Aug. 2009.
  54. De Grys, K. H., Carpenter, C., Welander, B., Mathers, A., Hofer, R. R. et al., "Extended Duration Operation of BPT-4000 Qualification Unit at Low Power," Presented at the 3rd JANNAF Spacecraft Propulsion Joint Subcommittee Meeting, Orlando, FL, Dec. 8-12, 2008.
  55. Hofer, R. R., Katz, I., Mikellides, I. G., Goebel, D. M., Jameson, K. K. et al., "Efficacy of Electron Mobility Models in Hybrid-PIC Hall Thruster Simulations," AIAA Paper 2008-4924, July 2008.
  56. Shastry, R., Gallimore, A. D., and Hofer, R. R., "Interpretation of Wall-Mounted Probe Characteristics in Hall Thrusters," AIAA Paper 2008-4723, July 2008.
  57. Shastry, R., Hofer, R. R., Reid, B. M., and Gallimore, A. D., "Method for Analyzing ExB Probe Spectra from Hall Thruster Plumes," AIAA Paper 2008-4647, July 2008.
  58. Reid, B. M., Shastry, R., Gallimore, A. D., and Hofer, R. R., "Angularly-Resolved ExB Probe Spectra in the Plume of a 6-kW Hall Thruster," AIAA Paper 2008-5287, July 2008.
  59. Hofer, R. R., Mikellides, I. G., Katz, I., and Goebel, D. M., "BPT-4000 Hall Thruster Discharge Chamber Erosion Model Comparison with Qualification Life Test Data," Presented at the 30th International Electric Propulsion Conference, IEPC Paper 2007-267, Florence, Italy, Sept. 17-20, 2007.
  60. Katz, I., Hofer, R. R., and Goebel, D. M., "Ion Current in Hall Thrusters," Presented at the 30th International Electric Propulsion Conference, IEPC Paper 2007-365, Florence, Italy, 2007.
  61. Jameson, K. K., Goebel, D. M., Hofer, R. R., and Watkins, R. M., "Cathode Coupling in Hall Thrusters," Presented at the 30th International Electric Propulsion Conference, IEPC Paper 2007-278, Florence, Italy, Sept. 17-20, 2007.
  62. Hofer, R. R., Mikellides, I. G., Katz, I., and Goebel, D. M., "Wall Sheath and Electron Mobility Modeling in Hybrid-PIC Hall Thruster Simulations," AIAA Paper 2007-5267, July 2007.
  63. Hofer, R. R., Goebel, D. M., and Watkins, R. M., "Compact LaB6 Hollow Cathode for a 6 kW Hall Thruster," Presented at the 54th JANNAF Propulsion Meeting, Denver, CO, May 14-17, 2007.
  64. Brown, D. L., Reid, B. M., Gallimore, A. D., Hofer, R. R., Haas, J. M. et al., "Performance Characterization and Design Verification of a 6 kW Laboratory Model Hall Thruster," Presented at the 54th JANNAF Propulsion Meeting, Denver, CO, May 14-17, 2007.
  65. Haas, J. M., Hofer, R. R., Brown, D. L., Reid, B. M., and Gallimore, A. D., "Design of a 6 kW Hall Thruster for High Thrust/Power Investigation," Presented at the 54th JANNAF Propulsion Meeting, Denver, CO, May 14-17, 2007.
  66. Reid, B. M., Gallimore, A. D., Hofer, R. R., Li, Y., and Haas, J. M., "Anode Design and Verification for a 6 kW Hall Thruster," Presented at the 54th JANNAF Propulsion Meeting, Denver, CO, May 14-17, 2007.
  67. Hofer, R. R., Randolph, T. M., Oh, D. Y., Snyder, J. S., and de Grys, K. H., "Evaluation of a 4.5 kW Commercial Hall Thruster System for NASA Science Missions," Presented at the 42nd AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, AIAA Paper 2006-4469, Sacramento, CA, July 9-12, 2006.
  68. Welander, B., Carpenter, C., de Grys, K. H., Hofer, R. R., Randolph, T. M. et al., "Life and Operating Range Extension of the BPT-4000 Qualification Model Hall Thruster," Presented at the 42nd AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, AIAA Paper 2006-5263, Sacramento, CA, July 9-12, 2006.
  69. Hofer, R. R., Johnson, L. K., Goebel, D. M., and Fitzgerald, D. J., "Effects of an Internally-Mounted Cathode on Hall Thruster Plume Properties," Presented at the 42nd AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, AIAA Paper 2006-4482, Sacramento, CA, July 9-12, 2006.
  70. Hofer, R. R., Katz, I., Mikellides, I. G., and Gamero-Castano, M., "Heavy Particle Velocity and Electron Mobility Modeling in Hybrid-PIC Hall Thruster Simulations," Presented at the 42nd AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, AIAA Paper 2006-4658, Sacramento, CA, July 9-12, 2006.
  71. Hofer, R. R., Gallimore, A. D., "Efficiency Analysis of a High-Specific Impulse Hall Thruster," AIAA-2004-3602, 40th Joint Propulsion Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, July 11-14, 2004.
  72. Jacobson, D. T., Manzella, D. H., Hofer, R. R., Peterson, P. Y., "NASA's 2004 Hall Thruster Program," AIAA-2004-3600, 40th Joint Propulsion Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, July 11-14, 2004.
  73. Manzella, D. H., Jacobson, D. T., Peterson, P. Y., Hofer, R. R., "Scaling Hall Thrusters to High Power," 52nd JANNAF Propulsion Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, May 10-13, 2004. (Also NASA TM-2004-213087)
  74. Hofer, R. R., Haas, J. M., Gallimore, A. D., "Ion voltage diagnostics in the far-field plume of a high-specific impulse Hall thruster," AIAA-2003-4556, 39th Joint Propulsion Conference, Huntsville, AL, July 20-23, 2003.
  75. Hofer, R. R., Gallimore, A. D., "Ion species fractions in the far-field plume of a high-specific impulse Hall thruster," AIAA-2003-5001, 39th Joint Propulsion Conference, Huntsville, AL, July 20-23, 2003.
  76. Hofer, R. R., Gallimore, A. D., "Recent Results from Internal and Very-Near-Field Plasma Diagnostics of a High Specific Impulse Hall Thruster," IEPC-03-037, 28th International Electric Propulsion Conference, Toulouse, France, March 17-21, 2003.
  77. Hofer, R. R., Jankovsky, R. S., "The Influence of Current Density and Magnetic Field Topography in Optimizing the Performance, Divergence, and Plasma Oscillations of High Specific Impulse Hall Thrusters," IEPC-03-142, 28th International Electric Propulsion Conference, Toulouse, France, March 17-21, 2003.
  78. Hofer, R. R., Gallimore, A. D., "The Role of Magnetic Field Topography in Improving the Performance of High-Voltage Hall Thrusters," AIAA-2002-4111, 38th Joint Propulsion Conference, Indianapolis, IN, July 7-10, 2002.
  79. Walker, M. L. R., Hofer, R. R., Gallimore, A. D., "The Effects of Nude Faraday Probe Design and Vacuum Facility Backpressure on the Measured Ion Current Density Profile of Hall Thruster Plumes," AIAA-2002-4253, 38th Joint Propulsion Conference, Indianapolis, IN, July 7-10, 2002.
  80. Jankovsky, R. S., Jacobson, D. T., Pinero, L. R., Sarmiento, C. J., Manzella, D. H., Hofer, R. R., Peterson, P. Y., "NASA's Hall Thruster Program 2002," AIAA-2002-3675, 38th Joint Propulsion Conference, Indianapolis, IN, July 7-10, 2002.
  81. Manzella, D. H., Jankovsky, R. S., Hofer, R. R., "Laboratory Model 50 kW Hall Thruster," AIAA-2002-3676, 38th Joint Propulsion Conference, Indianapolis, IN, July 7-10, 2002.
  82. Hofer, R. R., Walker, M. L. R., Gallimore, A. D., "A Comparison of Nude and Collimated Faraday Probes for Use with Hall Thrusters," IEPC-01-020, 27th International Electric Propulsion Conference, Pasadena, CA, October 15-19, 2001.
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