Plasma antennas are not just another antenna. They have applications in telecommunications, 5G, RADAR, GPS, plasma antennas operating at 222 nm for the inactivation of SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses that cause pandemics, plasma antennas operating at 95 GHz to non-lethally stop shooters, atmospheric plasma antennas operating from aircraft to create ion beams that cause raindrop coalescence and hence rain to mitigate the world wide drought problem and to  extinguish forest fires. Plasma antenna coils in MRI machines give better imaging than standard MRI machines that use metal coils. Plasma gradient coils used in an MRI machine can eliminate the banging noise that many people do not like. Plasma coils used in an MRI/ PET machine can make it easier to find tumors. Since x-rays and gamma rays do not get attenuated through plasma coils whereas they do through metal coils.

Advanced RF Power Amplifier Techniques for Modern Wireless and Microwave Systems
Advanced RF Power Amplifier Techniques for Modern Wireless and Microwave Systems


The course content will consist of beam steering of plasma antennas, high powered plasma antennas, plasma frequency selective surfaces, plasma waveguides, and thermal noise in plasma antennas.


The people who should attend should have taken the first course on plasma antennas and have a BS degree or European Diploma in physics or electrical engineering. No background in antennas or plasma physics is required. Basic electromagnetics, antenna theory, and plasma physics will be taught.

Advanced RF Power Amplifier Techniques for Modern Wireless and Microwave Systems

Day 1

8. Plasma Frequency Selective Surfaces

8.1        Introduction 

8.2        Theoretical Calculations and Numerical Results of Plasma FSS 

8.2.1     Method of Calculation

8.2.2     Scattering from a P­artially Conducting Plasma Cylinder 

8.3        Results 

8.3.1     Switchable Plasma Bandstop Filter

8.3.2     Switchable Plasma Reflector


Day 2

9.  Experimental Work

9.1 Introduction                   

9.2 Fundamental Plasma Antenna Experiments

9.3 Suppressing or Eliminating EMI Noise Created by the Spark-Gap Technique

9.4. Conclusions on the P­lasma Reflector Antenna

9.4. P­lasma Waveguides

9.5 P­lasma Frequency Selective Surfaces

9.6 P­ulsing Technique 

9.7 P­lasma Antenna Nesting Experiment

9.8 High-P­ower P­lasma Antennas

9.9.  The High-P­ower P­roblem

9.10. The High-P­ower Solution

9.11.  Experimental Confirmation

9.12.  Conclusions on High-P­ower P­lasma Antennas

9.13. Basic P­lasma Density and P­lasma Frequency Measurements

9.14. P­lasma Density P­lasma Frequency Measurements with a Microwave Interferometer and Pre-ionization

9.15. Experiments on the Reflection in the S-Band Waveguide at 3.0 GHz with High P­urity Argon Plasma.

9.16. Ruggedization and Mechanical Robustness of  P­lasma Antennas.

9.17.  Embedded P­lasma Antenna in Sandstone Slurry.

9.18. Embedded P­lasma Antenna in SynFoam

9.13 Miniaturization of P­lasma Antennas.

Day 3

10. Directional and Electronically Steerable Plasma Antenna Systems by Reconfigurable Multipole Expansions of Plasma Antennas 

10.1 Introduction

10.2 Multipole P­lasma Antenna Designs and Far Fields

11.  Satellite Plasma Antenna Concepts 

11.1 Introduction

11.2 Data Rates

11.3 Satellite P­lasma Antenna Concepts and Design

12  Plasma Antenna Thermal Noise

12.1 Introduction 

12.2 Modified Nyquist Theorem and Thermal Noise for Plasma Antennas.

Dr. Anderson has published texts that are a recommended reference.  The references are not required for this course.

Plasma Antennas, Second Edition, (Artech House, 2010) ISBN: 9781630817503

My original book titled “Plasma Antennas”,  (Artech House, 2010) ISBN: 78-1-60807-143-2