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What does photon energy tell us about cellphone safety?

By William J. Bruno

Abstract

It has been argued that cellphones are safe because a single microwave photon does not have enough energy to break a chemical bond. We show that cellphone technology operates in the classical wave limit, not the single photon limit. Based on energy densities relative to thermal energy, we estimate thresholds at which effects might be expected. These seem to correspond somewhat with many experimental observations. Revised with appendix responding to critique published by B. Leikind.Comment: 6 pages. Revision includes appended response to published critique by B. Leikin

Topics: Quantitative Biology - Other Quantitative Biology, Physics - Biological Physics
Year: 2017
OAI identifier: oai:arXiv.org:1104.5008
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