The gauss, abbreviated as G or Gs, is the cgs unit of measurement of a magnetic field B, which is also known as the "magnetic flux density" or the "magnetic induction". It is named after German mathematician and physicist Carl Friedrich Gauss. One gauss is defined as one maxwell per square centimeter. The cgs system has been formally superseded by the SI system, which uses the tesla (T) as the unit for B. One gauss equals 1×10−4 tesla (100 μT) (1 T = 10000 G).
Unit name and convention
As with all units whose names are derived from a person's name, the first letter of its symbol is uppercase ("G"), but when the unit is spelled out, it should always be written in lowercase ("gauss"), unless it begins a sentence.
According to the system of Gaussian units (cgs), the gauss is the unit of magnetic flux density B and the equivalent of esu/cm2, while the oersted is the unit of magnetizing field H. One tesla is equal to 104 gauss, and one ampere per meter is equal to 4π × 10−3 oersted.
The units for magnetic flux Φ, which is the integral of magnetic field over an area, are the weber (Wb) in the SI and the maxwell (Mx) in the cgs system. The conversion factor is 108, since flux is the integral of field over an area, area having the units of the square of distance, thus 104 (magnetic field conversion factor) times the square of 102 (linear distance conversion factor, i.e., centimetres per meter).
- 10−9–10−8 gauss – the magnetic field of the human brain
- 10−3–10−6 gauss – the magnetic field of Galactic molecular clouds
- 0.25–0.60 gauss – the Earth's magnetic field at its surface
- 25 gauss – the Earth's magnetic field in its core
- 50 gauss – a typical refrigerator magnet
- 100 gauss – a small iron magnet
- 2000 gauss – a small neodymium-iron-boron (NIB) magnet
- 600–70,000 gauss – a medical magnetic resonance imaging machine
- 1012–1013 gauss – the surface of a neutron star
- 4×1013 gauss – the quantum electrodynamic threshold
- 1015 gauss – the magnetic field of some newly created magnetars
- 1017 gauss – the upper limit to neutron star magnetism
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