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Microwave oven temperature probe port grounding

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Tom Del Rosso, May 9, 2007.

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  1. Just wondering what would happen if a metal container was used in a
    microwave, but grounded to the phono jack for the temperature probe.
    Assuming the connection was good, of course.
  2. bz

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    The 'grounding' would not help.

    A 'good ground' at microwave frequencies would be much less than 1/4 wave.
    The wavelength is about 3 cm.

    A good ground would thus need to be much less than 1/2 cm.

    A metal container is probably going to arc to the inside of the oven in
    several places.

    It may detune the cavity badly enough to present a high SWR to the magnetron
    and damage or destroy the magnetron.


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  3. The wavelength is too short for any effective grounding, and that is
    a 1/4" Phone jack, not a phono jack.

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  4. Very interesting. I thought the wavelength was a few inches.

    So how does the probe get away with it?
  5. He meant to say 1/4 wavelength is around 3 cm. :) The wavelength is
    a few inches, like around 5 inches.

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  6. bz

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    Actually, I was thinking x-band radar was very close to the microwave oven
    frequency. I was wrong.

    The X band ranges from 7 to 12.5 GHz.
    The microwave ovens actually operate in the S band, the 10 cm radar band. The
    S band covers from 2 to 4 GHz.

    According to
    most microwave ovens operate on 2.45 GHz which gives 11.8 cm wavelength, 4.6
    inches, for a quarter wave of a little over one inch or 2.95 cm

    In any case, it is still a bad idea to put any metal bowls into your
    microwave over, unless the metal object has been designed for use in a
    microwave oven.

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  7. Ok, but the probe is over 6 inches long without the plug, so why doesn't it
    collect a charge? I always assumed it was because of the grounded plug.
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