The plasma antenna is an emerging technology that partially or fully utilizes ionized gas as the conducting medium instead of metal to create an antenna. The key advantages of plasma antennas are that they are highly reconfigurable and can be turned on and off. The disadvantage is that the plasma antennas require energy to be ionized. This unique resource provides a solid understanding of the efficient design and prototype development of plasma antennas, helping engineers to meet the challenge of reducing the power required to ionize the gas at various plasma densities. Professionals also find thorough coverage of the technical underpinnings of plasma antennas, as well as important discussions on current markets and applications. Additionally, this book presents experimental work in the this cutting-edge area and reveals the latest developments in the field. This in-depth reference is supported with over 70 illustrations and more than 110 equations.
Theodore Anderson is the founder, CEO, principal investigator, and CFO for Haleakala Research and Development, Inc. He holds an M.S. in applied science and physics and a Ph.D. in physics, all from New York University.
Introduction. Fundamental Plasma Antenna Theory. Plasma Antenna Windowing (Foundation of the Smart Plasma Antenna Design). Smart Plasma Antenna Prototype. Plasma Frequency Selective Surfaces. Experimental Work. Other Plasma Antenna Prototypes. Plasma Antenna Thermal Noise. Current Work Done to Make Plasma Antennas Rugged. Latest Developments on Plasma Antennas. Applications of the Smart Plasma Antenna.