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Non-invasive heart beat measurement using microwave resonators

: Essingholt, Felix; Meyer, Frederic; Kuhn, Peter; Schmidt, Philip; Benkner, Thorsten; Grabmaier, Anton

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Proceedings. MDPI AG 2 (2018), Nr.13, Art. 1002, 4 S.
ISSN: 2504-3900
Eurosensors Conference <32, 2018, Graz>
Zeitschriftenaufsatz, Konferenzbeitrag, Elektronische Publikation
Fraunhofer IMS ()
bio sensor; microwave resonator; heart beat measurement; non-invasive; microwave spectroscopy; permittivity; dielectric property; electromagnetic coupling; planar microstrip splitring resonator; human body

In this paper we present the first results of our research regarding microwave biosensors for non-invasive permittivity monitoring of the human body. To detect permittivity changes, resonators are used, which alter their resonance frequency and their quality factor depending on the permittivity of the material they are placed upon. These permittivity changes may be used as indicators for the heart rate, blood pressure or glucose level. As a proof of concept, this paper focusses on designing resonators to detect the heart beat of humans in the Radial Artery, which is located in the forearm.