Metamaterial-inspired multilayered structures optimized to enable wireless communications through a plasmasonic region

Bruce A. Webb, Richard W. Ziolkowski

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Abstract

Radio frequency blackout is a well-known phenomenon that happens when a plasma forms around a plasmasonic vehicle traveling through an atmosphere. This paper examines an electromagnetic metamaterial-based approach to mitigate the communication losses through the blackout plasma. A paired epsilon- A nd mu-negative layered meta-structure is developed that is matched to the epsilon-negative plasma, creating a low-loss passband window through it. Its ideal performance is first characterized analytically. Metamaterial inclusions are then developed to attain the required single-negative layers. Numerical simulations of the resulting realizable meta-structure verify its efficacy, confirming the analytical results and the viability of using it to achieve reasonable signal strengths through representative plasma thicknesses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number094102
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume118
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2021
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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