External power frequency magnetic field-induced jitter on computer monitors
1993 (English)In: Behaviour & Information Technology, ISSN 0144-929X, Vol. 12, no 6, 359-363 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Power frequency magnetic fields with flux densities greater than 0.5 μT are not uncommon in offices. This level has been shown to induce jitter on VDT monitors. In the present project, these magnetic field-induced disturbances have been studied in the laboratory in order to establish a firm technical basis for future studies of the disturbance's influence on eye strain in VDT workers. Eight volunteers judged the occurrence of distortion when an applied external magnetic field was varied both in amplitude and frequency for 8 investigated VDT screens. The level of the external 50 Hz magnetic field when the distortion was detectable ranged from 0.6 to 1.1 μT. If the screen was viewed through a stereomicroscope (25 × magnification), the corresponding level was in the order of 0.2 μT. If the frequency difference between the external magnetic field and the refresh rate of the screen is only ±1-2 Hz, the disturbance is noticeable at even lower flux densities.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 1993. Vol. 12, no 6, 359-363 p.
jitter, magnetic field, VDT
Environmental Health and Occupational Health
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-99033DOI: 10.1080/01449299308924400OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-99033DiVA: diva2:785306