I am wondering if the electrostatic deflection of two charged particle beams could create enough thrust, via the Lorentz Force, to propel a spacecraft.
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This conceptual propulsion design would make use of deflection plates, similar to those used in a CRT, to create an electric field. A positively-charged particle beam entering into this field would by design be deflected 180 degrees, and at the same time a negatively-charged particle beam entering this field would by design be deflected 180 degrees. This hardware setup would be installed on the stern of the spacecraft so that the two charged particle beams would be traveling in the opposite direction of the spacecraft.
The positively-charged particle beam could be created by a Proton Gun and the negatively-charged particle beam could be created by an Electron Gun. If both of these charged particle guns are high-voltage devices, and the electric field of the deflection plates is also high-voltage, I believe that the resultant Lorentz Force could be capable of propelling the spacecraft.
Also, I believe that the charged particles flowing in the Sun's solar wind would also be deflected away once entering into this electric field, providing an additional thrust to that being created by the charged particle guns.
Could a spacecraft be propelled by a 180 degree deflection of two charged particle beams?