Study type: Medical/biological study (experimental study)

Microwaves: effect on thermoregulatory behavior in rats. med./bio.

Published in: Science 1979; 206 (4423): 1198-1201

Aim of study (acc. to author)

Rats, with their fur clipped, were trained to press a lever to turn on an infrared lamp for 2 seconds while in a cold chamber. The aim was to study the effects of 2450 MHz continuous wave (CW) microwaves on thermoregulatory behavior.



Exposure Parameters
Exposure 1: 2.45 GHz
Modulation type: CW
Exposure duration: alternating 15 min control and 15 min exposure periods

Exposure 1

Main characteristics
Frequency 2.45 GHz
Exposure duration alternating 15 min control and 15 min exposure periods
Additional info EF, parallel to axis of lever and lamp
Modulation type CW
Exposure setup
Exposure source
Distance between exposed object and exposure source 0.0455 m
Chamber cold chamber
Measurand Value Type Method Mass Remarks
power density 5 mW/cm² minimum measured - -
power density 20 mW/cm² maximum measured - -

Exposed system:

Methods Endpoint/measurement parameters/methodology

Investigated system:
Time of investigation:
  • during exposure

Main outcome of study (acc. to author)

When the rats were exposed to continuous wave microwaves at 2450 MHz, the rate at which they turned on the infrared lamp decreased as a function of the power density (which arranged between 5 and 20 mW/cm²).

Study character:

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