Interdisciplinary Research Project to Explore the Potential for Developing Non-Lethal Weapons Based on Radiofrequency/Microwave Bioeffects
Final performance rept. 15 Mar 2004-14 Dec 2005
NEVADA UNIV RENO
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Our research is to lay the foundation for developing non-lethal stunningimmobilizing weaponry based on radiofrequency RF microwaveMW radiation by identifying RFMW parameters potentially capable of selectively altering exocytosis, the process underlying neurotransmitter release and hence nervous system functioning. Major accomplishments included 1 assembling, characterizing and optimizing a free-space MW exposure system for assessing effects of exposures in the 1 to 6 GHz frequency range on exocytosis, using neurosecretory adrenal chromaffin cells as an in vitro model. Other accomplishments included implementing experimental approaches that wilt allow us to distinguish between non-thermal versus thermal effects of the exposures. The research was presented at one international meeting and has culminated in one manuscript that is under review. Personnel on the project included a neurobiologist and an electrical engineer as principal investigators, an associate engineer, one research assistant and two graduate students. The research has been transitioned into AFOSR grant FA9550-05-1-0308.
- Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare