Sorry if this thread is off topic and has gotten out of hand, but this is
Bailiwick and I actually enjoy it.
>a pot. I'd be interested in hearing more about what you read, though. I
>never have quite trusted microwaves!
I can assure you that microwaves are quite well understood and you have
nothing to worry about.
> however it's bunk. 100% bunk, though there might be some radioactivity
> retained for a very short time. (like about 1/2 the time it takes you to
> the door) by the time you actually get the door open (assuming you did
> stop the oven first but just opened the door and let the safety interlock
> it) all radioactivity will be gone.
Nope, no radioactivity involved or created at all by microwaves.
> One word of caution however...............
>Second. I have seen one microwave with slots in the cooking enclosure
>enough to LOOK THROUGH (along the back/bottom of the case). I'd avoid
>as these slots would easliy let out much of the enegery. Make sure yours
>has a "leakproof" (To microwave enegry) cooking enclosure.
Let's define "leakproof". In order for microwaves to escape from a
there would have to be an opening with a dimension that is 1/2 wavelength
Microwave ovens operate at a frequency of 2450 Megahertz (2,450,000,000
per second), which corresponds to a wavelength of about 12 centimeters.
would need an opening of approximately 6 centimeters (2.4 inches) to allow
microwaves to escape. Furthermore, federal standards that apply to
microwave manufacturers specify a maximum leakage rate that is extremely
conservative. Bottom line, unless your microwaveoven is somehow damaged or
you attempt to modify it, you have nothing to fear.
Noel Montgomery, Health Physicist