Plasma Antennas

Plasma Antennas

by Theodore Anderson
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Plasma Antennas by Theodore Anderson

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, the 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608071432
Publisher: Artech House, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/28/2011
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

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.

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The book Plasma Antennas written by Dr. Ted Anderson, a well known expert in plasma physics, is an extraordinary book. The book gently introduces the reader to plasma antennas and the underlying physics involved in their operation. Dr. Anderson is able to integrate conventional antenna theory, such as the factors inherent in impedance and thermal noise, into the specifics of plasma antenna operation. What is particularly unique to this book is the satisfying way in which the author articulates the relevant mathematics of plasma antennas so that the reader gains the analytical and computational skills necessary to specify and design plasma antennas. Unique to this book is how the author discusses the construction of basic plasma antennas so that the reader can gain experimental insight reinforcing the theory. If that is not enough, Dr. Anderson discusses plasma frequency selective surfaces and how reconfigurable filtering of electromagnetic waves can be achieved. The book, Plasma Antennas, promises to provide the researcher, engineer, and manager new and greater insight on an emerging technology that may provide the solution to many of the spectrum management, electromagnetic compatibility and antenna problems facing the radar and wireless communities.
Do you have a background in plasma physics and antenna engineering? If you do, then this book is for you. Author Theodore Anderson has done an outstanding job of writing a book that covers plasma frequency selective surfaces and plasma waveguides, in addition to plasma antennas. Author Anderson, begins this book by introducing you to an overview of plasma antennas and the book itself. Next, the author briefly introduces you to basic plasma physics, which is enough to help you understand plasma antennas. In addition, the author discusses the fundamentals of plasma antenna radiated power, impedance, and thermal noise. He also shows you how to build simple plasma antennas using COTS materials. Then, he continues with a brief discussion of the very unique properties of plasma antennas, including the important topic of cosite interference. The author then discusses the research and development of smart plasma antennas. Next, he elaborates on the reconfigurable filtering of electromagnetic waves. Next, he thoroughly introduces the extensive experimental work on plasma antennas, plasma waveguides, and plasma frequency selective surfaces. The author then elaborates on the alternate designs of smart plasma antennas. Next, he addresses the reflective and refractive plasma satellite antennas. Finally, he explains why the remarkable property of plasma antenna thermal noise is less than in corresponding metal antennas at the higher frequencies. With the preceding in mind, this excellent book provides a solid understanding of theory, experiments, and the design and prototype development of plasma antennas. More importantly, this book will accelerate the interest, research and development, prototype development, and commercialization of plasma antennas, plasma frequency selective surfaces, and plasma waveguides