Accession Number:

ADD019505

Title:

Plasma Antenna With Two-Fluid Ionization Current

Descriptive Note:

Patent application, Filed 21 May 99

Corporate Author:

DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1999-05-21

Pagination or Media Count:

20.0

Abstract:

A plasma antenna is provided having an ionizer, which when energized, generates a bounded or unbounded plasma column extending along a vertical axis. When ionization is initiated, the difference in the diffusion characteristics of ions and electrons and the resulting gas plasma produce a current pulse in a first direction. As the plasma extinguishes, the difference in relaxation times for the ions and electrons in the plasma produces a second current pulse of opposite direction. The alternating current pulses generate an electric field that radiates from the plasma column.

Subject Categories:

  • Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics
  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE