Patent Number: 7,786,416

Title: Combination conductor-antenna

Abstract: A combination conductor-antenna apparatus is provided comprising a surface that defines a passage for use as a receptor for a second conductor and for use as a waveguide. The surface is at least partially formed of an electrically conductive material, thus allowing the apparatus to serve as a medium by which an electrical signal can be transferred from a second conductor. Disposed within the passage is a pickup element for sensing and/or injecting electromagnetic energy in the passage, thus allowing the apparatus to serve as a medium for wireless communications.

Inventors: Williams; Brett A. (Arlington, TX), Baker; Brian C. (Arlington, TX), Schroeder; Wayne K. (Mansfield, TX)

Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation

International Classification: F41G 7/00 (20060101); F42B 5/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/31/12018