Exploring Non-Thermal Radiofrequency Bioeffects for Novel Military Applications
Final performance rept. 1 Jun 2003-30 Nov 2006
NEVADA UNIV RENO
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The research goal was to undertake a study to define radiofrequencymicrowave RFMW exposure parameters that produce non-themal effects both on catecholamine release, using cultured adrenal chromaffin cells as an i,i vitro model system, and on skeletal muscle contraction, using intact skeletal muscle Strips. Major accomplishments included 1 implementation of experiments following completion of the design, characterization and construction both of a waveguide- based exposure system 0.75-1 GHz frequency range and a free space exposure system 1-6 GRz frequency range for on-line monitoring of catecholamine release during exposure of chromaffin cells to RFMW fields 2 implementation of experiments following completion of the design, characterization and construction of a waveguide-based exposure system for monitoring skeletal muscle contraction during exposure to 0.75-1 GHz RF fields, and 3 preliminary data showing apparent non-themal effects on both biological endpoints. The research, which had been transitioned into FA9550-04-I-0194 and FA9550-05-l- 0308, has been presented at several international meetings and has culminated in three peer-reviewed published papers and one Masters thesis. Personnel involved in the project included a neurobiologist and an electrical engineer as principal investigators an associate engineer research assistants and graduate students.
- Radiofrequency Wave Propagation