Abstract—This paper presents two test benches for the characterization of a plasma column used as a radiating element. In particular, the main parameters to be quantified are the efficiency of the plasma antenna, the turn-on time of the column, and the conductivity of the plasma. The first two parameters are evaluated by measuring the field radiated by the plasma antenna compared with that of an equivalent copper antenna. For the conductivity, a reflectometric technique is used, wherein the plasma column is inserted inside a waveguide. The accuracy of the method is limited by the ill-conditioned relationship between the reflection coefficient and the plasma conductivity; nevertheless, it is sufficient to subdivide the range of the conductivity values into three regions (i.e., low, medium, and high conductivities) to determine the best operating conditions of the antenna.

Measurement of the properties of a plasma column used as a radiating element

CERRI, GRAZIANO;DE LEO, Roberto;MARIANI PRIMIANI, Valter;RUSSO, Paola
2008

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Abstract—This paper presents two test benches for the characterization of a plasma column used as a radiating element. In particular, the main parameters to be quantified are the efficiency of the plasma antenna, the turn-on time of the column, and the conductivity of the plasma. The first two parameters are evaluated by measuring the field radiated by the plasma antenna compared with that of an equivalent copper antenna. For the conductivity, a reflectometric technique is used, wherein the plasma column is inserted inside a waveguide. The accuracy of the method is limited by the ill-conditioned relationship between the reflection coefficient and the plasma conductivity; nevertheless, it is sufficient to subdivide the range of the conductivity values into three regions (i.e., low, medium, and high conductivities) to determine the best operating conditions of the antenna.
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