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Computer Simulations and Experimental Verification of the Nanoconductivity Concept for the Spacecraft Electronics

IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science. 2017. Vol. 45. No. 8. P. 1843-1846.

Abstract—This paper develops the concept of the nanoconductivity of insulators as applied to the space technology aimed at creating discharge-free space vehicles and discusses the ways to achieve this. Feasibility analysis of advanced, next generation, discharge-free satellites widely using nanoconducting insulators in spacecraft electronics proves that such a transition is not only necessary but is also practicable. We have performed computer simulations of a multivibrator, which is a typical representative of the digital technology, using the LTspice software. As any spacecraft dielectric is a potential source of the electrostatic discharges, it is advisable to implement the nanoconductivity concept by replacing high-resistivity insulators with the nanoconducting dielectrics featuring electrical conductivity around 10^−9 Ohm^ −1m^−1.