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Published April 1954 | public
Journal Article

An Application of Sommerfeld's Complex Order Wave Functions to Antenna Theory


In the past wave functions of integral order have been used quite advantageously in the solution of certain antenna and boundary-value problems. However, in some instances these wave functions are completely alien to the problem and introduce difficulties which, indeed, can be resolved but only at the expense of logical simplicity. To place in evidence the usefulness and "naturalness" of complex order wave functions for the solution of certain problems, we examine theoretically the input admittance of a boss antenna with the aid of these functions.

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© 1954 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Issue online 04 March 2016; version of record online 04 March 2016; Manuscript received 08 September 1953. This work was supported by the Office of Naval Research.

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