Accession Number : ADD015399

Title :   Plasma Reflectors for Electronic Beam Steering in Radar Systems.

Descriptive Note : Patent Application, Filed 7 Apr 92,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Manheimer, W M ; Robson, A E ; Meger, R A

Report Date : 07 Apr 1992

Pagination or Media Count : 29

Abstract : A method and apparatus for forming plasma sheets of preselected planar curvature, which can be used a mirrors for X-Band microwaves and above. A plasma is created using a shaped anode. Confining magnetic fields maintains the plasma in the shape of the cathode. Additional magnetic fields can provide additional curvature to the plasma sheet. (Author)

Descriptors :   *PATENT APPLICATIONS, *RADAR ANTENNAS, *PLASMA DEVICES, *BEAM STEERING, *MAGNETIC FIELDS, *DISCHARGE TUBES, *RADAR REFLECTORS, CATHODES(ELECTRON TUBES), ANODES(ELECTRON TUBES), DIRECTIONAL ANTENNAS, MIRRORS, CURVED PROFILES, PLASMA CONTROL, CONFINEMENT(GENERAL), X BAND, KA BAND, SHEETS

Subject Categories : Active & Passive Radar Detection & Equipment
      Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics
      Radiofrequency Wave Propagation
      Electrical and Electronic Equipment
      Electricity and Magnetism

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE