Characterization of Electron Density in Rocket Exhaust Plumes through J-band Microwave Transmissions and Ultra-Wideband Tapered Slot Antennas

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Firing of the test stand for the rocket exhaust plumes.

Firing of the test stand for the rocket exhaust plumes.

A thesis extending work into the characterization of the electron density of rocket exhaust, and its diffracting properties in respect to electromagnetic waves. The research includes using Finite-Difference Time Domain (FDTD) models in order to support previous test results and the creation of an optimized apparatus to validate the predicted effects. It further includes the proposal of new tests to validate the model, and gather new data using novel rocket engines.

Research Performed by:

Jorge Torres works in the lab.

Jorge Torres works in the lab.

Jorge A. Torres, MS Electrical and Computer Engineering, December 2014

Research Advised by:

Dr. William C. Barott, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering