Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Topsakal, Erdem

Committee Member

Liao, Jun

Committee Member

Cooper, Robert C.

Committee Member

Elder, Steven H.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Biomedical Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering


Dielectric properties play an influential role in the development of medical devices. Understanding the behavior of these properties and how they respond to external stimuli, such as heat, over an extended frequency has yet to be researched. The focus of this study is to examine the impact of temperature on dielectric properties from 500 MHz to 10 GHz in order to better match the antenna properties of medical applications to the dielectric properties of biological tissue in question; more specifically, microwave ablation, microwave hyperthermia, and thermal modeling of brown adipose tissue’s metabolic processes. The dielectric properties of biological tissue samples from porcine lung, liver, heart, skin, fat, and muscle as well as brown adipose tissue and white adipose tissue from rat have been tested. These results have then been used to develop medical applications involving microwave antennas.



microwave antennas||medical applications||dielectric properties