Horizontal Plasma Antenna Using Plasma Drift Currents
Patent application, Filed 23 Mar 99
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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A horizontal plasma antenna is provided. An ionizer generates an ionizing beam through a horizontal tube to form a bounded plasma column extending along a horizontal axis in a gravity field. An amplitude or frequency modulating signal is applied to Helmholtz coils to control a horizontal magnetic field that is perpendicular to the horizontal axis. The resulting changes in the magnetic field produce a drift current in the plasma that, in turn, radiates an amplitude or phase modulated electromagnetic field from the plasma column.
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics
- Electrical and Electronic Equipment