Question about Sharp R-316FS Microwave Oven
All microwave ovens operate at a frequency of ~ 2.4 GHz (2.4 billion of cycles per second) and the amount of leakage at this frequency is insignificant unless some very unusual damage has happened to the door itself.
Gaussmeters are used to determine the strength of a magnetic field, not radio frequency fields such as exist in a microwave oven.
With the shift to using a different type of power supply (a change from 'linear' to 'switching' design), measuring magnetic field strength will be even less of interest as ordinary Gaussmeters are not capable of measuring the strength of fields at 50 kHz (50,000 cycles per second) or more that are used in the later type of supply.
If a unit has the older type supply, one may be able to measure an increase in ambient field strength since the field is being produced at line frequencies of 60 Hz.
Despite the claims of panicky fear mongers, there is little or no proof that line frequency fields of even very high strength cause any physical harm.
Concerns over the safety of microwave ovens are really overblown and are the stuff of conspiracy fanatics.
Consider that the 1000 or so watts is trapped in a small box which concentrates the power in a limited area.
If it was possible to let that 1000 watts loose in a room, it might be uncomfortable but not likely to do much harm.
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Posted on Jul 06, 2008
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