They are small and light like water, only a few feet in diameter and weighing less than a cup of coffee. They are so tiny, they pass through most body weight of a person before they get into their bloodstream and can no longer make any chemical changes. However, these molecules are extremely damaging to our bodies and may be able to cause damage to our DNA, or to our eyesight or brains. The most dangerous is called a UV ion, and we cannot survive exposure to the UV radiation from natural sources at any level of exposure. Since so little is known about them (and no, UV rays are not responsible for cancer), we need to be looking for ways to protect ourselves from being irradiated. This isn’t an easy task, and only scientists with a special interest in this research could be trusted not to abuse their work for nefarious ends. (For more information, see the link at the bottom of page 12 below).
The first step is to identify what the key is. It is called ionization, and the amount of ions we absorb and then emit is called flux. By comparing several experiments, we have established that only about 1-2% of the total oxygen dissolved in air is ionized, and the only ionization we are interested in is the low-energy oxygen-dioxide ion from the burning of fuel. We have measured flux by using a very accurate measurement meter. As mentioned above, we believe that the amount of oxidation products in the air is actually much larger than we have been able to measure at low levels of energy. The first step is to determine these products. We refer to this as free oxygen flux. This is measured by putting a breath of pure oxygen into a glass tube filled with air. The amount of free oxygen is called oxidized oxygen. We have measured this to be about 3 micrograms per liter. We believe that oxidized oxygen is what is most damaging to our DNA and the DNA of plants and animals. According to our calculations, that is more than 10 times higher than the normal amount of free oxygen in the air. The amount of free oxygen measured in atmospheric air ranges from 0.0 to 2.5 micrograms per liter or about two percent of total oxygen in the air. Now we know what we will need to make our detectors. Most of the common cheap detectors used for fire alarm monitoring are very similar. Most are very simple, but some require specialized parts just to make them. Our detectors are much more complex, and use a sophisticated system of metal detectors, laser detectors, light detectors, and a temperature sensor. We are now ready to begin our research. Since so much of our detector electronics is made of solid state technology, we are not worried too much about safety. The detectors we are using are made of a material that resists bending and deforming, makes it cheap, and keeps working well for years.
The next step is to identify the types of radiation that the detectors will sense. We will also need to measure the emission spectrum of the emissions to calibrate our detectors. We are using a range of values for detection levels ranging from “0” to 70% . We need to be able to define the radiation frequency or the duration of any given radiation. The radiation frequency ranges from the very low frequency (VHF) to the high frequency (HF) of the band used in indoor and outdoor fire applications. We’ll be using a VHF device that emits an “0” band, which is the type of radiation that is used in fire alarms. Our high frequency device emits a high-energy ionized ion (X-rays) and short-wave radiation (e.g., UV). Our low energy radar device uses a low-energy ionized ion. Our high energy radar is tuned to the shortwave radiation (UHF) we are measuring. For both of these detectors we are using an instrumented detector, which makes it much less likely for anything to go wrong. We recommend using a dedicated instrumented detector since they are far more detailed. We have used a single, inexpensive piece of equipment over 20 years that is probably the best instrument used for the types of detectors we will need. This instrument combines the low cost and precision of an analog instrument with the speed of radio frequency (RF) measurement.
We are now ready to begin analyzing the data. First we will determine how the detectors will work under our proposed conditions. We will add a “high” to the flux number. The typical high frequency detector is tuned to “0” in the flux number, so adding a “0” to the flux number means we will hear nothing. Adding a high means that we will hear the high, and it will not cause any alarms. To get