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Superluminal antenna

United States Patent

9,608,330
March 28, 2017
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A superluminal antenna element integrates a balun element to better impedance match an input cable or waveguide to a dielectric radiator element, thus preventing stray reflections and consequent undesirable radiation. For example, a dielectric housing material can be used that has a cutout area. A cable can extend into the cutout area. A triangular conductor can function as an impedance transition. An additional cylindrical element functions as a sleeve balun to better impedance match the radiator element to the cable.
Singleton; John (Los Alamos, NM), Earley; Lawrence M. (Los Alamos, NM), Krawczyk; Frank L. (Santa Fe, NM), Potter; James M. (Los Alamos, NM), Romero; William P. (Los Alamos, NM), Wang; Zhi-Fu (Los Alamos, NM)
Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos, NM)
13/ 368,200
February 7, 2012
ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25396 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.