|MadSci Network: Engineering|
Rick, I have used several instruments to detect microwave energy. In the laboratory, I have used a Holladay Corporation meter to detect the power level of microwave energy to make sure that I was not exposed to unsafe levels of microwave energy. These are not directional meters, however. These are inexpensive tools that are also used to detect leakage of microwave power from microwave ovens. I have also used instruments that specialize in detecting the frequency of high frequency energy being emitted by a source. The number reported is that of the strongest signal. It does not report, power or direction, however. I know that CPI corporation in Palo Alto, California, manufactures directional microwave detectors that can find very low power levels, but only the U.S. government can even own these. However, they might let you know some of the basics of how theri equipment works. They cost millions of dollars. If you need more specific information, please email me at email@example.com, or submit a followup question to Mad Scientist. Good Luck, Dr. Edward Peterson, PhD, P.E.
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