||System for Measurement of Small Vibrations at Material Interfaces Induced by Electrostrictive Forces.
Ali, J. S. ;
Joines, W. T. ;
||Health Effects Research Lab., Research Triangle Park, NC.
Radio frequencies ;
Electrical properties ;
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The mechanisms of interaction of ELF and ELF-modulated RF fields with biological systems is presently an active area of research. Some models propose that field-induced forces may influence certain observed biological effects such as RF hearing and calcium ion efflux. To investigate the validity of the field-induced force model for the calcium-ion efflux effect, a system is needed which is capable of exposing samples to ELF fields or to ELF-modulated RF fields. At the same time the induced vibration caused by the forces of electrostriction must be monitored preferably by a noncontacting method. A microwave phase-sensitive receiver was designed to sense the small vibrations. Limitations on the receiver sensitivity imposed by phase noise is discussed. Phase noise measurement systems were designed and used to characterize the key receiver components. A limiting amplifier in the IF section of the receiver eliminates the need for knowledge of the reflection coefficient of the object of interest for quantitative vibration measurements.