OPS is researching and developing novel radio transmitting antennas, based on new principles, which could:
- enable lighter, lower-power satellites for the same capacity
- send signals which can only be detected by the intended recipient
- make better use of precious bandwidth (eg for mobile phone masts)
- enable 'stealth' radar detection of threats
- and possibly, create highly-directed energy beams (eg for therapy)
OPS is a spinout from Oxford University; it was formed in 2004 to commercialise inventions in the 'superluminal' area.
Of course, electromagnetic radiation cannot travel faster than light, but by energising antenna elements in a very rapid sequence, polarization currents with superluminally moving distribution patterns can be generated. These emit unusual wavefronts and beams with useful properties.
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