Seminar: Seminar on Acoustic Effects of Electromagnetic Radiation and their Applications - Details
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Course name Seminar: Seminar on Acoustic Effects of Electromagnetic Radiation and their Applications
Course number PHM-0296
Semester WS 2023/24
Current number of participants 0
expected number of participants 10
Home institute Institut für Physik
Courses type Seminar in category Teaching
First date Monday, 16.10.2023 08:15 - 09:45, Room: (Raum 1005 T)
Pre-requisites Good knowledge of continuum mechanics and electrodynamics
Performance record Bestehen der Modulprüfung/Seminarvortrag
Online/Digitale Veranstaltung Veranstaltung wird in Präsenz abgehalten.
Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch
Weitere Unterrichtssprache(n) deutsch
Literaturhinweise • J. C. Lin, Auditory Effects of Microwave Radiation (Springer, Switzerland, 2021)
• Photoacoustic Imaging and Spectroscopy, ed. L. V. Wang (CRC Press, Taylor & Francis, Boca Raton, 2009)
• V. E. Gusev and A. A. Karabutov, Laser Optoacoustics (AIP, New York, 1993)
• Biological Effects of Radiofrequency Radiation, eds. J. A. Elder and D. F. Cahill (US Environmental
Protection Agency, 1984)
• A.H. Frey, Human auditory system response to modulated electromagnetic energy, J. Appl. Physiol., 17,
689-692 (1962)
• K.R. Foster and E.D. Finch, Microwave hearing: Evidence for thermoacoustic auditory stimulation by pulsed microwaves, Science 185, 256-258(1974)
• C.K. Chou, A.W. Guy, R. Galambos, Auditory perception of radio-frequency electromagnetic fields, J.
Acoust. Soc. Am., 71, 1321-1334 (1982).
• J. C. Lin and J. W. Wang, Hearing of microwave pulses by humans and animals: effects, mechanisms, and
thresholds, Health Physics 92, 621-628 (2007)
• N.M. Yitzhak, R. Ruppin, R. Hareuveny, Numerical simulation of pressure waves in the cochlea induced by a microwave pulse. Bioelectromagnetics 35, 491-496 (2014)
ECTS points 4

Rooms and times

(Raum 1005 T)
Monday: 08:15 - 09:45, weekly (1x)
No room preference
Monday: 08:15 - 09:45, weekly


1. The photoacoustic effect from its discovery by Alexander Bell (1880) and early research by Tyndall and Röntgen to the present.
2. Auditory effects in humans from pulsed microwave exposure: a mystery and its resolution. Thresholds of
perception in humans and animals.
3. The common physical mechanism behind photoacoustic and microwave acoustic effects, and a general theory.
4. Dosimetry and microwave absorption.
5. Thermoelastic pressure waves in canonical head models.
6. Computer simulations of pressure waves in anatomic models.
7. Microwave thermoacoustic tomography and imaging.
8. Other applied, health and social aspects and implications.