Computation of the Electromagnetic Fields and Induced Temperatures Within a Model of the Microwave-Irradiated Human Eye

Allen Taflove, Morris E. Brodwin

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Abstract

The electromagnetic fields within a detailed model of the human eye and its surrounding bony orbit are calculated for two different frequencies of planewave irradiation: 750 MHz and 1.5 GHz. The computation is performed with a finite-difference algorithm for the time-dependent Maxwell's equations, carried out to the sinusoidal steady state. The heating potential, derived from the square of the electric field, is used to calculate the temperatures induced within the eyeball of the model. This computation is performed with the implicit alternating-direction (IAD) algorithm for the heat conduction equation. Using an order-of-magnitude estimate of the heat-sinking capacity of the retinal blood supply, it is determined that a hot spot exceeding 40.4°C occurs at the center of the model eyeball at an incident power level of 100 mW/cm2 at 1.5 GHz.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)888-896
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques
Volume23
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1975

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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