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Apparatus and method for phase fronts based on superluminal polarization current

United States Patent

February 28, 2012
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An apparatus and method for a radiation source involving phase fronts emanating from an accelerated, oscillating polarization current whose distribution pattern moves superluminally (that is, faster than light in vacuo). Theoretical predictions and experimental measurements using an existing prototype superluminal source show that the phase fronts from such a source can be made to be very complex. Consequently, it will be very difficult for an aircraft imaged by such a radiation to detect where this radiation has come from. Moreover, the complexity of the phase fronts makes it almost impossible for electronics on an aircraft to synthesize a rogue reflection. A simple directional antenna and timing system should, on the other hand, be sufficient for the radar operators to locate the aircraft, given knowledge of their own source's speed and modulation pattern.
Singleton; John (Los Alamos, NM), Ardavan; Houshang (Cambridge, GB), Ardavan; Arzhang (Cambridge, GB)
Los Alamos National Security, LLC (Los Alamos, NM)
12/ 191,148
August 13, 2008
1. STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERAL RIGHTS This invention was made with partial government support under Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25396 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.