PLASMA PRODUCED ANTENNA PATTERN DISTORTION.
Physical sciences research papers,
AIR FORCE CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LABS L G HANSCOM FIELD MASS
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This report describes an experimental attempt to determine and measure the antenna pattern distortion produced by a layer of plasma. A brief theoretical and experimental summary of the problem is given, followed by the theory pertaining to this particular experimental geometry. The complete experiment, including the generation and measurement of the plasma, the vacuum system, and the antenna pattern measuring equipment is described in detail. Results are presented and compared with the theoretical predictions. Finally the merits of the experiment are weighed and future plans are given. Author