Electrodynamics of long conducting tethers in the nearearth environment
Abstract
An analytical approach was developed to evaluate the electrodynamic interactions affecting a thin, bare metallic wire moving in the ionosphere. The wire's diameter was smaller than the Debye length; therefore, the plasma sheath around the wire was taken into account in computing inducing drag force and torque. Computer programs were prepared for the numerical evaluation of mathematical functions that were required to compute the distribution of the potential along the wire and of the current in the wire. Numerical calculations based on this software are shown.
 Publication:

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Report
 Pub Date:
 January 1976
 Bibcode:
 1976sao..rept.....D
 Keywords:

 Earth Ionosphere;
 Electrodynamics;
 Tetherlines;
 Debye Length;
 Electric Current;
 Numerical Analysis;
 Plasma Sheaths;
 Wire;
 Electronics and Electrical Engineering