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Andrea Lucca Fabris


Lecturer in Electric Propulsion

Biography

Biography

Andrea Lucca Fabris is a lecturer in Electric Propulsion at the Surrey Space Centre. He received bachelor's and master's degrees in Aerospace Engineering (with honours) and the Ph.D. in Sciences, Technologies and Measurements for Space from the University of Padua (Italy). During his PhD he spent almost one year at Stanford University (USA) as visiting PhD student. From 2014 to 2015 he was a postdoctoral research fellow with Stanford University (USA) and in 2016 he joined the Surrey Space Centre (UK).

His research interests include the experimental characterisation and numerical simulation of advanced plasma sources for space propulsion and industrial applications. During his career, he has worked on several plasma propulsion technologies, including established technologies (Hall thrusters), intermediate development systems (Quad Confinement Thruster, cusped field thrusters) and disruptive concepts (RF plasma thruster, Halo thruster, traveling magnetic field plasma accelerator), as well as other plasma sources for plasma chemistry studies (atmospheric RF plasma torch) or industrial applications (magnetron discharges).

He has been involved in a wide variety of R&D projects supported by both institutional (EU, ESA, US Air Force, US Department of Energy, UK Space agency) and industrial (SSTL, Airbus DS) funding bodies.

Research interests

• Plasma propulsion• Plasma physics• Plasma diagnostic systems• In-orbit technology demonstration• Industrial plasma technology applications.

My publications

Publications

Journal articles

1. B. Koroglu, M. Mehl, M. Armstrong, J. Crowhurst, D. Weisz, J. Zaug, Z. Dai, H. Radousky, A. Chernov, E. Ramon, E. Stavrou, K. Knight, A. Lucca Fabris, M.A. Cappelli, T. Rose. “Plasma Flow Reactor for Steady State Monitoring of Physical and Chemical Processes at High Temperatures”. Review of Scientific Instruments 88 (9), 093506 (2017).

2. A. Gurciullo, A. Lucca Fabris, A.K. Knoll. “Direct Current Plasma Electron Source for Electric Propulsion Applications Using Atomic and Molecular Propellants”. IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science 25, 9 (2017).

3. (*)A. Lucca Fabris, C.V. Young, M.A. Cappelli. “Time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence measurement of ion and neutral dynamics in a Hall thruster during ionization oscillations”. Journal of Applied Physics 118, 233301 (2015).(*) Featured article on the cover of Journal of Applied Physics, Issue 23, 21 December 2015.

4. A. Lucca Fabris, C.V. Young, M.A. Cappelli. “Excited State Population Dynamics in a Xenon AC Discharge”. Plasma Sources Science and Technology 24, 055013 (2015).

5. C.V. Young, A. Lucca Fabris, M.A. Cappelli. “Ion Dynamics in an E x B Hall Plasma Accelerator”. Applied Physics Letters 106, 044102 (2015).

6. A. Lucca Fabris, C.V. Young, M. Manente, D. Pavarin, M.A. Cappelli. “Ion Velocimetry Measurements and Particle-In-Cell Simulation of a Cylindrical Cusped Plasma Accelerator”. IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science 43 (1), 54-63 (2015).

7. O. Tudisco, A. Lucca Fabris, C. Falcetta, L. Accatino, R. De Angelis, M. Manente, F. Ferri, M. Florean, C. Neri, C. Mazzotta, D. Pavarin, F. Pollastrone, G. Rocchi, A. Selmo, L. Tasinato, F. Trezzolani, A. Tuccillo. “A microwave interferometer for small and tenuous plasma density measurements”. Review of Scientific Instruments 84, 033505 (2013).

Conference papers

1. A. Lucca Fabris, C.V. Young, A.K. Knoll, M.A. Cappelli. “Ion Acceleration in a Quad Confinement Thruster”. 35th International Electric Propulsion Conference, Atlanta, USA, October 2017.

2. A. Lucca Fabris, A.K. Knoll, T. Potterton, O. Lane, K. Dannenmayer, T. Schonherr, P. Bianco. “Vacuum Facility Effects on Quad Confinement Thruster Testing”. 35th International Electric Propulsion Conference, Atlanta, USA, October 2017.

3. A. Gurciullo, A. Lucca Fabris, A.K. Knoll. “Alternative Neutralization Technologies Enabling the use of Exotic Propellants in Electric Propulsion”. 35th International Electric Propulsion Conference, Atlanta, USA, October 2017.

4. A. Lucca Fabris, A.K. Knoll, T. Potterton, O. Lane, P. Bianco, K. Dannenmayer, T. Schonherr, J. Gonzalez del Amo. “An Interlaboratory Comparison of Thrust Measurements for a 200W Quad Confinement Thruster”. Space Propulsion Conference, Rome, Italy, May 2016.

5. N. MacDonald-Tenenbaum, C.V. Young, A. Lucca Fabris, M. Nakles, M.A. Cappelli, W. Hargus Jr. “Time-Synchronized Continuous Wave Laser Induced Fluorescence Velocity Measurements of a 600 W Hall Thruster”. 34th International Electric Propulsion Conference, Kobe, Japan, July 2015.

6. A. Lucca Fabris, C.V. Young, M.A. Cappelli. “Time-Synchronized Laser Induced Fluorescence Techniques for the Study of Quasi-Periodic Xenon Plasma Phenomena”. 34th International Electric Propulsion Conference, Kobe, Japan, July 2015.

7. C.V. Young, A. Lucca Fabris, M.A. Cappelli. “Time-Synchronized Laser Induced Fluorescence Measurement of Xenon Ion and Neutral Dynamics in a 350 W Hall Thruster”. 34th International Electric Propulsion Conference, Kobe, Japan, July 2015.

8. K. Loebner, T. Underwood, A. Lucca Fabris, M.A. Cappelli, J. Szabo. “Experimental Characterization of a Pulsed Plasma Deflagration Thruster”. 34th International Electric Propulsion Conference, Kobe, Japan, July 2015.

9. D. Biggs, S. Avery, L. Raymond, W. Liang, N. Gascon, A. Lucca Fabris, J. Rivas, M.A. Cappelli. “A Compact Helicon Thruster for CubeSat Applications”. 34th International Electric Propulsion Conference, Kobe, Japan, July 2015.

10. S. Feraboli, A. Lucca Fabris, M.A. Cappelli. “Experimental Setup for the Development of a Traveling Magnetic Field Plasma Accelerator”. 34th International Electric Propulsion Conference, Kobe, Japan, July 2015.

11. F. Bosi, A. Lucca Fabris, F. Trezzolani, M. Manente, D. Melazzi, D. Pavarin. “Modelling and Optimization of Electrode-less Helicon Plasma Thruster with Different Propellants”. 50th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, Cleveland, OH, USA, July 2014.

12. F. Trezzolani, A. Selmo, F. Bosi, D. Melazzi, A. Lucca Fabris, V. Lancellotti, M. Manente, D. Pavarin. “Integrated Design Tools for RF Antennas for Helicon Plasma Thrusters”. 50th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, Cleveland, OH, USA, July 2014.

13. A. Lucca Fabris, C.V. Young, M. Manente, D. Pavarin, M.A. Cappelli. “Ion Velocimetry Measurements and Particle-In-Cell Simulation of a Cylindrical Cusped Plasma Accelerator”. 33rd International Electric Propulsion Conference, Washington, USA, October 2013.

14. A. Lucca Fabris, M.A. Cappelli. “Traveling Magnetic Field Plasma Accelerator”. 33rd International Electric Propulsion Conference, Washington, USA, October 2013.

15. F. Trezzolani, A. Lucca Fabris, D. Pavarin, A. Selmo, A.I. Tsaglov, A.V. Loyan, O.P. Rubalov, M. Manente. “Low Power Radio-Frequency Plasma Thruster Development and Testing”. 33rd International Electric Propulsion Conference, Washington, USA, October 2013.

16. D. Pavarin, A. Lucca Fabris, F. Trezzolani, M. Manente, M. Faenza, F. Ferri, A. Selmo, K. Katsonis, Ch. Berenguer. “Low Power RF Plasma Thruster Experimental Characterization”. 48th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit, Atlanta, USA, July 2012.

17. D. Pavarin, A. Lucca Fabris, F. Trezzolani, F. Ferri, M. Manente, D. Rondini, D. Curreli, D. Melazzi, M. Faenza, L. Tasinato, A. Selmo, O. Tudisco, A. Cardinali, D. Packan, J. Jarrige, P.Q. Elias, J. Bonnet, A. Loyan, Y. Protsan, A. Tsaglov, K. Katsonis, Ch. Berenguer, M. Pessana, V. Lancelotti. “Characterization of the helicon plasma thruster of the EU FP7 HPH.com program”. Space Propulsion Conference, Bordeaux, France, May 2012.

18. D. Pavarin, A. Lucca Fabris, F. Trezzolani, M. Faenza, F. Ferri, M. Manente, L. Tasinato, A. Selmo, O. Tudisco, R. Deangelis, D. Packan, J. Jarrige, C. Blanchard, P.Q. Elias, J. Bonnet, A. Loyan, Y. Protsan, A. Tsaglov, K. Katsonis, Ch. Berenguer. “Thruster Development Set-up for the Helicon Plasma Hydrazine Combined Micro Research Project (HPH.com)”. 32nd International Electric Propulsion Conference, Wiesbaden, Germany, September 2011.

19. K. Katsonis, Ch. Berenguer, D. Pavarin, A. Lucca Fabris, F. Trezzolani, M. Faenza, P. Tsekeris, S. Cohen. “Optical Diagnostics of a Low Temperature Argon Thruster”. 32nd International Electric Propulsion Conference, Wiesbaden, Germany, September 2011.

20. D. Pavarin, F. Ferri, M. Manente, D. Rondini, D. Curreli, Y. Guclu, D. Melazzi, S. Suman, A. Lucca Fabris, A. Gomirato, G. Bianchini, D. Packan, P. Elias, J. Bonnet, A. Cardinali, R. Deangelis, F. Mirizzi, A. Tuccillo, O. Tudisco, E. Ahedo, Y. Protsan, A. Loyan, F. Piergentili, K. Grue, P. van Put, A. Selmo, K. Katsonis, M. Pessana, J. Carlsson, V. Lancelotti. “Helicon Plasma Hydrazine.Combined Micro Project Overview and Development Status”, Space Propulsion Conference, San Sebastian, Spain, May 2010.