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The key point about electromagnetic pollution that the public has to realize is that it is not necessary that the intensity be large for a biological interaction to occur. There is now considerable evidence that extremely weak signals can have physiological consequences. These interactive intensities are about 1000 times smaller than the threshold values formerly estimated by otherwise knowledgeable theoreticians, who, in their vainglorious approach to science, rejected all evidence to the contrary as inconsistent with their magnificent calculations. These faulty estimated thresholds are yet to be corrected by both regulators and the media.

The overall problem with environmental electromagnetism is much deeper, not only of concern at power line frequencies, but also in the radiofrequency range encompassing mobile phones. Here the public’s continuing exposure to electromagnetic radiation is largely connected to money. Indeed the tens of billions of dollars in sales one finds in the cell phone industry makes it mandatory to corporate leaders that they deny, in knee-jerk fashion, any indication of hazard.

There may be hope for the future in knowing that weakly intense electromagnetic interactions can be used for good as well as harm. The fact that such fields are biologically effective also implies the likelihood of medical applications, something that is now taking place. As this happens, I think it will make us more aware about how our bodies react to electromagnetism, and it should become even clearer to everyone concerned that there is reason to be very, very careful about ambient electromagnetic fields.

Abraham R. Liboff, PhD

Research Professor
Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
Co-Editor, Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine

 

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Units Conversion
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Many people are wanting conversions between microwave measurement units so that they can compare Volts per metre (V/m), with Watts per metre squared (W/m2). For modern digital telecommunications signals, this is not as easy, or as useful, as you would first think that it would be.

For continuous-wave transmissions, including VHF FM radio signals, the conversion is relatively easy.
These signals remain fairly constant in amplitude and the conversion from signal strength in volts/metre to power flux density (PFD) in watts per square metre can be done using the formula:

PFD = (V/m)2/377 watts per metre squared (W/m2)

e.g. 58.2 V/m (ICNIRP 1800 MHz) = (58.2*58.2)/377 = 9 W/m2

This conversion is not particularly relevant for exposure from mobile phones, base stations and DECT cordless phones and the results can be extremely misleading.

The problem occurs because PFD is ONLY relevant to heating and it averages the power over time (6 minutes for official RF PFD measurements). Any PFD has to be integrated over time and most hand-held instruments average over at least a few seconds. Some instruments have a "peak-detect" facility that can give the equivalent power as if the pulsing peak levels were continuous. Note this is not the same as a "max hold" facility. This is because the normal max hold function on a meter gives you the maximum RMS value measured over the time you have been using the instrument, whereas peak detect measures the level at the top of any pulses in the signal.

For example, the peak power from a TETRA base station is twice the average power.
The peak power of a DECT cordless phone base unit can be up to 100 times more than the average power!

We believe that the best unit of measurement for varying microwave signals at the non-thermal levels we are concerned with is volts per metre. Most instruments that display PFD units have actually measured the signal in terms of V/m and then internally calculated the equivalent (usually average) PFD value in W/m2 or similar.

Conversion between V/m and W/m2 for continuous (CW) signals

V/m     

µW/m2

To convert W/m2 to mW/cm2 divide by 10.
To convert W/m2 to mW/m2 multiply by 1,000.
To convert µW/m2 to W/m2 divide by 1,000,000 (1 million).

 

A big thank you to Powerwatch UK for the information above.

 

Magnetic Units Converter

Convert from gauss to tesla and vice versa using the easy conversion tool below.

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1 Gauss = .0001 Tesla, or 1 Tesla = 10,000 Gauss

Other Conversion Formulae

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V/m = W/m2 / 377 Volts per meter = the square root of the product of Watts per square meter times 377

kV/m = V/m /1,000 Kilo-volts per meter = Volts per meter divided by 1,000

mW/cm2 = W/m2 / 10 Milli-Watts per square centimeter = Watts per square meter divided by 10

µW/m2 = W/m2 x 1,000,000 Micro-Watts per square meter = Watts per square meter times one million

µW/cm2 = W/m2 / .01 Micro-Watts per square centimeter = Watts per square meter divided by .01

nW/cm2 = W/m2 / .000,01 Nano-Watts per square centimeter = Watts per square meter divided by .000,01

pW/cm2 = W/m2 / .000,000,01 Pico-Watts per square centimeter = Watts per square meter divided by .000,000,01

A/m = W/m2 / 377 Amps per meter = the square root of the product of Watts per square meter divided by 377

mG = W/m2 / 23.9 Milli-Gauss = Watts per square meter divided by 23.9
µT = W/m2 / 239 Micro-Teslas = Watts per square meter divided by 239
nT = W/m2 / 239,000 Nano-Teslas = Watts per square meter divided by 239,000