Indium tin oxide coverings on solar panels for plasma-Spacecraft connection

Jesse K. McTernan, Timothy R. Brubaker, Sven G. Bilen

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Abstract

Via ground-based experiments, we were able to determine the I-V characteristic of indium tin oxide-coated glass in a simulated low Earth environment. We achieved a passive plasma contact by biasing a planar surface coated in a thin layer of indium tin oxide. We found that a thin layer of indium tin oxide-coated glass can facilitate current collection comparable to gold plating (order of magnitude) for the tested voltage range. This coated glass can also be used to cover solar panels, thus allowing a small spacecraft's limited surface area to serve a dual purpose.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2013
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages2821-2826
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781479932993
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Event39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2013 - Tampa, FL, United States
Duration: Jun 16 2013Jun 21 2013

Publication series

NameConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
ISSN (Print)0160-8371

Other

Other39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2013
CountryUnited States
CityTampa, FL
Period6/16/136/21/13

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    McTernan, J. K., Brubaker, T. R., & Bilen, S. G. (2013). Indium tin oxide coverings on solar panels for plasma-Spacecraft connection. In 39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2013 (pp. 2821-2826). [6745059] (Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2013.6745059