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This quiz is based on the information presented
in Handbook of Dielectric and Thermal Properties of Materials at Microwave Frequencies,
by Theodore Anderson. This book is a wealth of information of dielectric characteristics
of biological tissues in plants, animals, as well as for ceramics, soils and minerals.
Particular attention is paid to properties in the ISM frequency bands. Extensive
sources for similar studies are provided.
Also consider: USAFSAM-TR-85-73,
Radiofrequency Radiation Dosimetry Handbook (4th
This is the mother of all such references for SAR studies.
1. What is a serious reason for uneven distribution of
the thermal field in lossy media?
c) Thermal runaway
"Variations of dielectric and thermal properties of materials versus temperature
impact the uniformity of microwave heating. One of the serious reasons for uneven
distribution of the thermal field in lossy media is known as the thermal runaway
phenomenon." (page 6)
2. What is the mechanism for generating heat in dielectric
materials via microwaves?
a) Dipole polarization where polar molecules try to align themselves with
the applied field
"Most microwave technologies... are intended for thermal processing of diverse
dielectric materials such as food, wood, ceramics, polymers, and so forth. All these
materials absorb microwave energy due to the dipole polarization phenomenon when
their molecules try to align themselves to the external electromagnetic field."
3. What name is given to a resonant cavity method for
measuring complex dielectric permittivity of lossy materials?
d) Perturbation method
"Resonant cavity methods are also widely utilized in measuring complex
dielectric permittivity of lossy materials. The most popular resonant cavity method
is the perturbation method (PM)." (page 20)
4. What does heat capacity of a material measure?
a) Ability to accumulate heat by increasing its temperature
"Heat capacity characterizes the ability of media to accumulate heat by increasing
its temperature." (page 23)
5. What are the main mechanisms for interaction between
EM waves and biological (e.g., brain) tissue?
a) Oscillation of polar water molecules and ions
"The main mechanism for the interaction between EM waves and biological tissue
is the same as in foodstuff: oscillation of polar water molecules and ions."
6. Which list represents materials ordered from least
to most polar high frequency dielectric properties.
c) Polyethylene, rubber, PVC
"According to the classification proposed in [reference], resins and plastics
are divided into three main groups: (1) no polar high-frequency (HF) dielectrics
including polyethylene, polypropylene, polyester, and others, (2) weak polar and
polar HF and low frequency (LF) dielectrics including paraformaldehyde, rubbers,
polybutadiene, and so forth, and (3) polar LF dielectrics such as polyamide, epoxide,
and polyvinylchloride." (page 91)
7. Which property is very important in affecting temperature
distribution in liquids heated by microwaves?
"Viscosity is a very important parameter that influences temperature distribution
when liquid chemical substances are heated with microwave radiation. (page
8. Which body component has the highest conductivity in the
915 MHz ISM band?
|Selected values from Table 4.5
a) Cerebrospinal fluid
Conductivity of cerebrospinal fluid is 2.4187 S/m. See Table 4.5 (page
9. Which body component has the lowest conductivity in
the 915 MHz ISM band?
c) Bone marrow
Conductivity of bone marrow is 0.0406 S/m. See Table 4.5 (page 73)
10. What typically happens to conductivity of body tissues
as frequency across the ISM bands is increased?
a) It increases
Per measured data in Table 4.2, most, if not all, tissues increase in conductivity
and decrease in permittivity as frequency is progress from 433 MHz, to 915 MHz,
to 2,450 MHZ, to 5,800 MHz. (page 71)
Posted August 21, 2019