Investigation of Ocular Effects of Chronic Exposures of Primates to Microwave Radiation at 2.45 GHz. Phase I.
Final technical rept. 29 Sep 74-30 Jun 75,
STANFORD RESEARCH INST MENLO PARK CALIF
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The development is described of a prototype module for irradiating nonhuman primates of sizes up to and including stumptail macaques at 2.45 GHz for long time periods without constraining the animals except for cage confinement. This developmental work represents the first phase of an investigation to determine whether eye damage can be caused by chronic, low-level exposure to microwaves. Containers having various quantities of saline were used as first approximations to the RF losses of monkeys in a number of calorimetric measurements of whole-body absorption dose rates as related to values of net forward minus reflected power into the cavity and its contents, container placement within the cavity, and saline water mass. The results indicate that absorption dose rate at any given input power is insensitive to container location indicative of isotropy and is inversely related to the water mass.