Air Force

Transmissive dynamic plasma steering method for radiant electromagnetic energy

  • US Patent No. 7482273
  • Issued: January 27, 2009
  • Status: Active
Communications

Radiant electromagnetic energy beam steering method achieved following antenna conversion from electrical current and voltage characterized signals to radiant wave characterized signals by way of the influence of gaseous plasma of controlled plasma density and electron density on the electromagnetic energy. Reflection and refraction mechanisms are used to impose plasma influence on the steered electromagnetic energy. The employed plasma properties are determined by an electrically energized array of electrodes disposed along the plasma extent. Adaptation of the method to widely differing wavelength parts of the electromagnetic energy spectrum is included. A plurality of prior art patents is identified in supplement of present disclosure of the invention.

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