Enabling Transmission Through Reentry Plasmas: Simulation of Plasma-SRR Layered Materials

Bruce A. Webb, Richard W. Ziolkowski

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Abstract

As a spacecraft enters a planetary atmosphere, severe attenuation of communication signals can occur due to the formation of a plasma sheath around its airframe. The resulting communications blackout has known negative consequences. Early studies have shown that such plasma can be modeled as a negative permittivity material. This feature suggests that a solution may be found in the realm of metamaterials, notably a negative permeability material. In particular, a double negative (DNG) material (i.e., a material with both negative permittivity and permeability) will accommodate travelling waves. We demonstrate that it is possible to introduce a negative permeability metamaterial into the presence of the plasma to form an artificial composite DNG material in order to ameliorate the communication blackout.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2018 6th IEEE International Conference on Wireless for Space and Extreme Environments, WiSEE 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages101-103
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781538642443
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 7 2019
Event6th IEEE International Conference on Wireless for Space and Extreme Environments, WiSEE 2018 - Huntsville, United States
Duration: Dec 11 2018Dec 13 2018

Publication series

Name2018 6th IEEE International Conference on Wireless for Space and Extreme Environments, WiSEE 2018

Conference

Conference6th IEEE International Conference on Wireless for Space and Extreme Environments, WiSEE 2018
CountryUnited States
CityHuntsville
Period12/11/1812/13/18

Keywords

  • Double negative material
  • electromagnetic wave propagation
  • metamaterial
  • negative permeability
  • negative permittivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Instrumentation
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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    Webb, B. A., & Ziolkowski, R. W. (2019). Enabling Transmission Through Reentry Plasmas: Simulation of Plasma-SRR Layered Materials. In 2018 6th IEEE International Conference on Wireless for Space and Extreme Environments, WiSEE 2018 (pp. 101-103). [8637338] (2018 6th IEEE International Conference on Wireless for Space and Extreme Environments, WiSEE 2018). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/WiSEE.2018.8637338