Research on Non-Lethal Stunning/Immobilizing Weapons
Final performance rept. 1 May 2005-30 Apr 2007
NEVADA UNIV RENO
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The overall goal of the research is to lay the foundation for developing non-lethal stunningimmobilizing weaponry based on radiofrequency RFmicrowaveMW radiation. Our approach is to identify RFMW parameters that can selectively, and without producing heating of tissue, alter processes underlying neurotransmitter release and contraction of skeletal muscle. Major accomplishments included 1 completing the design, construction, characterization and testing of a temperature control setup for studying effects of rapid increases in temperature so that we can distinguish thermal versus non-thermal effects of the exposures 2 completing thermal modeling of the cell perfusion system used for on-line monitoring of catecholamine release from chromaffin cells during RFMW exposure and 3 designing, fabricating and characterizing an exposure system for real-time imaging of intracellular effects on chromaffin cells and skeletal muscle fibers in response to high electric field RFMW pulse modulated radiation. The research has been presented at four international meetings, culminated in two peer-reviewed papers, and involved a neurobiologist and an electrical engineer as principal investigators, an associate engineer, four research assistants and four graduate students.
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Electricity and Magnetism