How Terahertz Waves Tear Apart DNA

A new model of the way the THz waves interact with DNA explains how the damage is done and why evidence has been so hard to gather

Friday, October 30, 2009

Great things are expected of terahertz waves, the radiation that fills the slot in the electromagnetic spectrum between microwaves and the infrared. Terahertz waves pass through non-conducting materials such as clothes , paper, wood and brick and so cameras sensitive to them can peer inside envelopes, into living rooms and "frisk" people at distance.

The way terahertz waves are absorbed and emitted can also be used to determine the chemical composition of a material. And even though they don't travel far inside the body, there is great hope that the waves can be used to spot tumours near the surface of the skin.

With all that potential, it's no wonder that research on terahertz waves has exploded in the last ten years or so.

But what of the health effects of terahertz waves? At first glance, it's easy to dismiss any notion that they can be damaging. Terahertz photons are not energetic enough to break chemical bonds or ionise atoms or molecules, the chief reasons why higher energy photons such as x-rays and UV rays are so bad for us. But could there be another mechanism at work?

The evidence that terahertz radiation damages biological systems is mixed. "Some studies reported significant genetic damage while others, although similar, showed none," say Boian Alexandrov at the Center for Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and a few buddies. Now these guys think they know why.

Alexandrov and co have created a model to investigate how THz fields interact with double-stranded DNA and what they've found is remarkable. They say that although the forces generated are tiny, resonant effects allow THz waves to unzip double-stranded DNA, creating bubbles in the double strand that could significantly interfere with processes such as gene expression and DNA replication. That's a jaw dropping conclusion.

And it also explains why the evidence has been so hard to garner. Ordinary resonant effects are not powerful enough to do do this kind of damage but nonlinear resonances can. These nonlinear instabilities are much less likely to form which explains why the character of THz genotoxic effects are probabilistic rather than deterministic, say the team.

This should set the cat among the pigeons. Of course, terahertz waves are a natural part of environment, just like visible and infrared light. But a new generation of cameras are set to appear that not only record terahertz waves but also bombard us with them. And if our exposure is set to increase, the question that urgently needs answering is what level of terahertz exposure is safe.

Ref: Breathing Dynamics in the Presence of a Terahertz Field

The following has been circulating for years now in certain on-line "communities".

Run by any physicist/engineer knowledgable in EM effects


What I am talking about is kind of like radar. The orbiting phased array sends out a signal, then picks up and sorts out the return signal and then determines that what they have is a human target. The same "radar beam" ( it is GHZ or terahertz so it is not actually radar) fires neurons, probes your mind etc to determine exactly WHO the target is and does the mind assault activity, (v2K, pain-center ,image-to-consciousness ITC etc.)

Let us assume they have the signal on a target. So signals are being directed from the satellite or remote stations to the targets. [ Since it is phased array they can track thousands of targets simultaneously. One pencil thin beam per target. Now , the original technology, upon which I am envision this to be based, was designed to track hundreds of incoming warheads each traveling at about 22,000 mph.. So tracking thousands of humans who can travel no more than 650 mph when flying in a commercial airline, is a comparative piece of cake!]

These signals hit the ( a) target interact with the tissue cells etc. of the target, and then the frequencies and amplitudes that constitute the incoming signals are altered. This altered incoming signal now becomes the outgoing signal to be detected by the SQUID detectors on the satellite/remote detectors.

From the rapid computer processing and comparison of sent signal to received signal, it can be deduced which tissue are we examining here which neurons are we examining here. So they ( or the ground based computer) says " We have neurons in the auditory cortex" The beam is then rapidly intensified, either by increasing the focus and or the power .

Now there is a phenomenon of physics where if a laser or maser beam is intensified it produces a strong local electric field in the immediate vicinity of the beam. . [See Physics Today, Jan. 1990 pg 22-28 for a ultrahigh intensity application of this principle] This electric field would be strong enough to open or close sodium channels on the neuron tree by causing it to fire on not fire depending on the neuron or synapse conditions.

If done with the correct sequence in both time and space you will interpret these excited auditory neurons as; V2K!
"Goal accomplished " they would say.

" Violation of my rights and person", you would say. " I am taking this to the FBI, the Supreme Court, to the Hague, to the Congressional Oversites persons who are supposed to be protecting my rights!" ( Right? But these folks are all on the "payroll" and/or under duress)

And they continue monitoring the return signals to deduce your 'thoughts".

Don't think terahetrz waves are capable of seeing such details from a distance of hundreds of miles?

SEarch-engine this on the net:

U.S. troops take part
X-Band radar test
By John Vandiver
Stars and Stripes
European edition,

"About 100 Europe-based troops continue to operate the X-Band radar, .....EUCOM stated. The system is reportedly capable of tracking a baseball-size object from a distance of 2,900 miles."

2009 Stars and Stripes. All Rights Reserved.



The technology I speak of that used to track incoming warheads has been publicly stated to be able to track a golf-ball over Seattle staying in Washington DC. That is 2470 miles.

Assume the satellites/ remote sensors are 120 miles up (or away) 2470/120 = 20.6 on a calculator.

A golf ball has a diameter of 4.26 cm 42.6 mm.

Move the golf ball to only 120 miles away you would expect the technology to "see" an even lateral distance even smaller than a golf ball..

So at 120 miles what lateral measurement will give that same ratio of 20.6? That measurement is 2.1mm

42.6/2.1 = 20.6

golf ball/ 2.1mm = 20.6 the same 20.6

Then since we are using radiation of very small wavelength,
1/millionth of a meter divide this by a factor of 10 -100 say. So we get a distance of .02 mm. The average neuron is about .1mm.

So some rough calculations gives that the stated technology has the resolution to pick out neurons from 120 miles up !

Much less people. That is how good the technology is.