Mechanisms of Microwave Induced Damage in Biologic Materials
CATHOLIC UNIV OF AMERICA WASHINGTON DC
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This report is divided into four chapters which correspond to the four main lines of research being carried out under the contract. In brief, these are 1 mathematical modeling studies, 2 experimental spectroscopic studies, 3 engineering design research, and 4 experimental biological studies. The research program is structured to attempt to discover the biological effects at the cell and molecular level that result from exposure to electromagnetic radiation. The main thrust is on the athermal effects of exposure to microwaves. Because recent work has suggested that significant cellular effects occur only when the microwaves are amplitude modulated, either with extremely low frequency ELF sinusoids or with pulses, we have hypothesized that the interaction of the microwave fields with cells must involve a demodulation or detection step. As a result, research designed to develop an understanding of the effects of direct ELF exposure becomes not only relevant, but vital.