In this paper, the generation of twisted pulses carrying orbital angular momentum is discussed. Such pulses are generated by polychromatic superposition of higher-order Bessel beams. The non-negligible effect of the wavenumber frequency-dispersion on the pulse propagation at millimeter waves is taken into account. Large operating bandwidths are required to synthesize spatially confined electromagnetic pulses. For this reason, a wideband Bessel-beam launcher is proposed, implementing an inward cylindrical traveling-wave aperture distribution with an azimuthal phase variation. Preliminary results clearly show the possibility of successful generation of twisted electromagnetic pulses at millimeter waves.
19 Mar 2017
2017 11th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EUCAP)