Question about the Ion Thruster

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Exactly how does the ion thruster rely on the laser in it's process exactly. I have been told that the ion thruster uses a laser but I wasn't given anymore information on what it exactly does.
 

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Drakkith
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I looked up ion thruster on Wikipedia and didn't see anything about a laser. Perhaps you misheard?
 
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russ_watters
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It looks like from that abstract that the laser is just used to heat the fuel to ionize it. Note, that's different from how the wiki description works, which uses electron bombardment to ionize the fuel.
 

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