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Plasma-based Radar Cross Section Reduction

  • Hema Singh
  • Simy Antony
  • Rakesh Mohan Jha
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Electrical and Computer Engineering book series (BRIEFSELECTRIC)

Abstract

The concealment of aircraft from radar sources or stealth is achieved either through shaping, or radar absorbing coatings, or engineered materials, or plasma, etc. Plasma-based stealth is a radar cross-section (RCS) reduction technique associated with the reflection and absorption of incident electromagnetic (EM) wave by the plasma layer surrounding the structure. Plasma cloud covering the aircraft may give rise to other signatures such as thermal, acoustic, infrared, or visual. Thus it is a matter of concern that the RCS reduction by plasma enhances its detectability due to other signatures. This needs a careful approach toward the plasma generation and its EM wave interaction. This book presents a comprehensive review of the plasma-based stealth, covering the basics, methods, parametric analysis, and challenges toward the realization of the idea. The book starts with the basics of EM wave interactions with plasma, briefly discusses the methods used to analyze the propagation characteristics of plasma, and its generation. It presents the parametric analysis of propagation behavior of plasma, and the challenges in the implementation of plasma-based stealth technology. This review serves as a starting point for graduate and research students, scientists, and engineers working in the area of low-observables and stealth technology.

Keywords

Collision Frequency Plasma Generation Plasma Layer Radar Cross Section Frequency Selective Surface 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for ElectromagneticsCSIR-National Aerospace LaboratoriesBangaloreIndia

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