Plasmas as antennas: Theory, experiment and applications

G. G. Borg*, J. H. Harris, N. M. Martin, D. Thorncraft, R. Milliken, D. G. Miljak, B. Kwan, T. Ng, J. Kircher

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    In certain applications, the surface wave driven plasma column can replace metal as the guiding medium in radio frequency antennas. Such plasma antennas offer the possibility of low radar detectability and negligible mutual coupling when de-energized. Experimental results are presented confirming that the two most important physical issues, namely antenna efficiency and noise, are not compromised by the use of a plasma. It is also shown that the relatively high efficiency of the surface wave driven plasma column can be predicted by a simple calculation.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2198-2202
    Number of pages5
    JournalPhysics of Plasmas
    Issue number5 II
    Publication statusPublished - May 2000
    Event41st Annual Meeting of the Division of Plasma Physics of the Ameircan Physical Society - Seattle, WA, United States
    Duration: 15 Nov 199919 Nov 1999


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