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Analysis of recollection and transfer of electrons emitted from charged spacecraft surface using COULOMB-2 code

IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science. 2017. Vol. 45. No. 8. P. 1919-1922.
Novikov L., Makletsov A., Sinolits V.

Influence of electric field of charged spacecraft on secondary emission currents on the spacecraft surface is analyzed in terms of computation of secondary electron trajectories. Dependencies of the recollected electrons number on the electric field intensity at various distances from the emission point for standard secondary electron spectra are calculated. Criteria of the secondary electron emission suppression by the surface electric field which is applied for spacecraft charging modeling using the COULOMB-2 code are proposed. Modeling of the emitted electron trajectories in the electric field of the charged spacecraft having complex surface configuration enables to compute correction factors added to electric current balance equations (electron recollection).