Radiophysics and Quantum Electronics

, Volume 52, Issue 12, pp 867–877 | Cite as

A theory of a receiving antenna in a moving isotropic plasma


We analyze the response of a dipole antenna to the noise-like and/or regular (quasimonochromatic) plasma oscillations and waves. The antenna is immersed in an isotropic plasma moving with velocity greater than the electron thermal velocity. In the case of a noise field, we calculate the squared spectral power density of the noise voltage at the input of a receiving antenna for frequencies close to the electron plasma frequency. It is shown that the main contribution to the noise is made by the radiation due to the excitation of waves at anomalous Doppler frequencies. In the case of an incident monochromatic wave, the mean square voltage at the antenna input is calculated as a function of the wave frequency and angle of arrival. It is shown that the effective antenna length can differ strongly from the geometrical length of the dipole. This fact results from the dispersion of longitudinal waves ensuring that many plane waves (a continuum, in the limiting case) contribute to the re-radiated field for a given direction of propagation of the radiation energy.


Spectral Power Density Plasma Wave Noise Voltage Spectral Energy Density Electron Plasma Frequency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Applied Physics of the Russian Academy of SciencesNizhny NovgorodRussia
  2. 2.Institute of Atmospheric PhysicsPragueCzech Republic

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