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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 36, Iss. 21 — Nov. 1, 2011
  • pp: 4203–4205

Reassessment of the electromagnetic reflection response of human skin at W-band

Bin Yang, Robert S. Donnan, Min Zhou, and Ali A. Kingravi  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 21, pp. 4203-4205 (2011)

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Is the helical-coil form of the eccrine sweat-gland in humans suggestive of latent electromagnetic antenna function? In short, do humans possess in these saline, fluid-supporting, coil-structures, an extrasensory/signaling apparatus? This is the hypothesis of Feldman et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 128102 (2008); Phys. Med. Biol. 54, 3341 (2009)] as they sort to correlate the mental state of a person with his or her W-band emission response. Ney et al. [Opt. Lett. 35, 3180 (2010); J. Biomed. Opt. 16, 067006 (2011)] subsequently contested this and demonstrated theoretically that multiple interference arising from the layered morphology of skin is the principal mechanism governing sub-THz electromagnetic functionality of human skin. This paper repeats the experimental work of Feldman et al. A quasi-optical reflectometer is employed and we observe extreme sensitivity from individual to individual in horn-antenna reflection measurements. Variability in dielectric properties and the layered morphology of human skin is confirmed to be the source of such sensitivity. Numerical modeling and experimental data together point to the key role of the sweat-duct in characterizing the phenomena of skin W-band resonance behavior. Significantly, however, we see no correlation between the mental state of a person and their W-band reflection response.

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OCIS Codes
(170.3660) Medical optics and biotechnology : Light propagation in tissues
(170.3880) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical and biological imaging
(280.1415) Remote sensing and sensors : Biological sensing and sensors
(170.6795) Medical optics and biotechnology : Terahertz imaging

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Remote Sensing

Original Manuscript: May 3, 2011
Revised Manuscript: September 22, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: September 23, 2011
Published: October 25, 2011

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Bin Yang, Robert S. Donnan, Min Zhou, and Ali A. Kingravi, "Reassessment of the electromagnetic reflection response of human skin at W-band," Opt. Lett. 36, 4203-4205 (2011)

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