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Main Title An analysis of radiofrequency and microwave absorption data with consideration of thermal safety standards /
Author Tell, Richard A.
CORP Author Office of Radiation Programs, Las Vegas, Nev.
Publisher Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Radiation Programs, Electromagnetic Radiation Anaysis Branch ; For sale by the National Technical Information Service,
Year Published 1978
Report Number ORP-EAD 78-2
Stock Number PB-284 639
OCLC Number 04110530
ISBN pbk.
Subjects Microwaves--Physiological effect ; Electromagnetism--Physiological effect
Additional Subjects Microwaves ; Radiation effects ; Health physics ; Radio frequencies ; Tissues(Biology) ; Exposure ; Humans ; Standards ; Safety ; Industrial medicine ; Electromagnetic radiation ; Absorption(Biology) ; Analyzing ; Public health ; Tables(Data) ; Environmental health ; Occupational safety and health ; Maximum permissible exposure level ; Nonionizing
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Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EJBD  EPA ORP-EAD-78-2 Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 06/13/2018
ELBD ARCHIVE EPA ORP-EAD-78-2 Received from HQ AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 10/04/2023
NTIS  PB-284 639 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation vii, 45 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
An analysis of existing radiofrequency and microwave radiation absorption data has been performed to examine the frequency dependent phenomenon of biological tissue heating. This analysis restricts itself to thermal considerations and examines the exposure field intensities associated with various levels of RF and MW induced thermal loading on both the body as a whole and specific, selectively absorbing tissues in adult humans and infants. An underlying absorption factor of 1W/kg, is used for comparative purposes in the analysis. A method of specifying safety standard limits based on the electromagnetic field energy density rather than the plane wave, free-space equivalent power density is presented. The analysis reveals a particularly important resonance frequency range, 10 MHz < or = f < or = 1000 MHz, in which RF and MW absorption may lead to whole body thermal loads several times the whole body basal metabolic rate for exposures equal to the present safety standard in use in the United States. A discussion is developed for applications of this analysis to occupational environments and short duration exposure conditions.
"ORP-EAD 78-2." "April 1978." Cover title. Includes bibliographical references (pages 35-45).