Stéphane Mazouffre

Stephane MazouffreStéphane Mazouffre is a Research Director at the French National Research Center (CNRS). He received a PhD in the field of low-temperature plasma physics in 2001 from the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. His research activities in electric propulsion for satellites and spacecraft began in 2003 after he joined the ICARE laboratory in Orléans, France. He is currently the head of the Electric Propulsion team at ICARE and the director of the ORACLE, a joint-laboratory between ICARE and the Exotrail Startup. His research interests cover Hall thrusters and variants, new electric propulsion concepts, micropropulsion and hybrid propulsion. His research also extends to the physics and technology of hollow cathodes and the physics of magnetized discharges in general. He is especially recognized for the development of laser diagnostics. He has authored over 120 scientific publications, more than 130 conference papers and many articles in scientific magazines. Dr. Mazouffre was a recipient of the Bronze Medal of the CNRS in 2008 and of the Noah Hershkowitz Award of the Institute of Physics in 2012. In 2020 he was awarded a Chair of Excellence from the Carlos III University in Madrid. In November 2021, he received the Edmond Brun prize of the French Academy of Sciences for his pathfinder works in electric thruster miniaturization.


Key publications

  1. A. Vinci, S. Mazouffre, Plasma properties conditioned by the magnetic throat location in a Helicon plasma device, J. Appl. Phys. 130, 183301 (2021)
  2. S. Mazouffre, L. Grimaud, S. Tsikata, K. Matyash, R. Schneider, Rotating spoke instabilities in a wall-less Hall thruster: Experiments, Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 28, 054002 (2019)
  3. I. Levchenko, K. Bazaka, S. Mazouffre, S. Xu, Prospects and physical mechanisms for photonic space propulsion, Nature Photonics 12, 649–657 (2018)
  4. S. Mazouffre, Electric propulsion for satellites and spacecraft: established technologies and novel approaches, Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 25, 033002 (2016)