Accession Number : AD0708815

Title :   A DIRECT MECHANISM FOR THE INFLUENCE OF MICROWAVE RADIATION ON NEUROELECTRIC POTENTIALS,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : MacGregor,R. J.

Report Date : JUN 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 29

Abstract : The paper explores the idea that the electrical component of applied microwave radiation might induce transmembrane potentials in nerve cells and thereby disturb nervous function and behavior. The paper estimates the transmembrane currents and potentials induced in nerve cells by applied electrical fields and currents. Estimates are made for steady and for oscillating stimulation. The primary conclusion is that intracranial electrical fields associated with low intensity microwave irradiation may induce transmembrane potentials of tenths of millivolts (or more) and that, therefore, such externally applied fields may disturb normal nervous function through this mechanism. The paper also presents an analysis which indicates that the induced transmembrane potential should exhibit a maximum in the microwave range of electromagnetic radiation. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*MICROWAVES, ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY), (*ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY, *NERVE IMPULSES), PHYSIOLOGY, BEHAVIOR, NERVE CELLS, ELECTRIC FIELDS, ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION, STIMULATION(PHYSIOLOGY), RESPONSE(BIOLOGY), MEMBRANES(BIOLOGY)

Subject Categories : Anatomy and Physiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE