Non-Lethal Weapons for Use Rediofrequency/Microwave Energy for Stunning/Immobilization
Final performance rept. 15 May 2006-14 Nov 2008
NEVADA UNIV RENO
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This basic research initiative is geared ultimately toward developing effective and safe non-lethal technologies that alter skeletal muscle contraction andor neural functioning via radiofrequency RFmicrowave MW electromagnetic radiation. Major accomplishments included 1 near completion of studies examining the effect of 1 to 6 GHz MW fields on catecholamine release from chromaffin cells 2 initiating studies using a novel exposure system for real-time imaging of intracellular effects in chromaffin cells in response to high electric field RFMW pulse modulated radiation, broadband Gaussian pulses or RFMW modulated Gaussian pulses with the frequency spectrum centered in the band 0.75-6 GHz 3 completion of studies on the effect of 0.75 to 1 GHz RF fields on skeletal muscle contraction using fixed frequencies and just recently implementing frequency sweep paradigms 4 initiation of studies to examine the effect of nanosecond electric pulses of high intensity on catecholamine release from chromaffin cells. The research, which was presented at four international meetings and culminated in three peer-reviewed papers, has been transitioned into AFOSR grant FA9550-07-1-0592.
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