Compact, Backward-Radiating Helical Antenna for Mesoband High-Power Applications

J Scott Tyo, Michael C. Skipper, Michael D. Abdalla, Joshua M. Martin

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A mesoband, high-power microwave source system is presented that couples a compact standing-wave oscillator operating near 500 MHz to a compact helical antenna. The antenna has a turn length that is on the order of 3λ/4 with a pitch of 46°, and the ground plane that is λ/6 in diameter. The system radiates in the axial mode in the backward direction with a front-to-back ratio of - 4.6 dB. Numerical analysis of the antenna is presented to understand the design constraints, and a prototype system is built and tested to verify the numerical results. The source and antenna combination are verified at a charge voltage of 23 kV, and radiated fields in excess of 10 kV/m are measured at a range of 1 m with circular polarization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7885025
Pages (from-to)1699-1702
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters
Volume16
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

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Helical antennas
Antennas
Circular polarization
Numerical analysis
Microwaves
Electric potential

Keywords

  • Compact antennas
  • high-voltage antennas

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  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Compact, Backward-Radiating Helical Antenna for Mesoband High-Power Applications. / Tyo, J Scott; Skipper, Michael C.; Abdalla, Michael D.; Martin, Joshua M.

In: IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, Vol. 16, 7885025, 2017, p. 1699-1702.

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Tyo, J Scott ; Skipper, Michael C. ; Abdalla, Michael D. ; Martin, Joshua M. / Compact, Backward-Radiating Helical Antenna for Mesoband High-Power Applications. In: IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters. 2017 ; Vol. 16. pp. 1699-1702.
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