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The research activity of the group is focused on the theory and simulation of plasma-engine systems, and the different plasma propulsion concepts. For each type of engine considered, we first study in detail the different physical phenomena which govern the generation and acceleration of the plasma, and the interaction of the plasma with the elements of the engine (walls, magnetic fields, rf waves, etc.). This understanding allows us to develop appropriate mathematical models and simulation codes that can explain the coupled behavior of the different phenomena and the influence of each control and design parameter on the engine performance.

Equipo de Propulsión Espacial y Plasmas
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid