Noninvasive brain stimulation using a modulated microwave signal

Taeyoon Seo, Seongwoog Oh, Dahee Jung, Yeowool Huh, Jeiwon Cho, Youngwoo Kwon

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We propose a microwave signal generation system for brain stimulation. The existing brain stimulation system uses a signal of several tens of kHz, and the magnetic field distribution is wide. Microwave is used to locally limit the distribution of the electromagnetic field and to change the action potential of the cell with less power. The switch modulates the microwave signal to obtain a pulse envelope. The action potential of the cell can be controlled to the excitation/inhibition state by adjusting the repetition frequency. These results are confirmed by measuring the cell potential of the mouse brain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-72
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Electromagnetic Engineering and Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning (No. NRF-2015R1A2A2A04005487), Brain Science Research Program (No. 2015M3C7A1028392 and No. 2015-M3C7A1028393), and Brain Korea 21 Plus Project in 2017.

Publisher Copyright:
© Copyright The Korean Institute of Electromagnetic Engineering and Science.


  • Microwave brain stimulation
  • Noninvasive brain stimulation
  • Pulse modulated stimulation signal


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