Maxwell (unit)

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Maxwell
Unit system Gaussian units
Unit of Magnetic flux
Symbol Mx 
Named after James Clerk Maxwell
Unit conversions
1 Mx in ... ... is equal to ...
   Gaussian base units    1 cm−5/2⋅g1/2⋅s−1
   SI units    1×10−8 Wb

The maxwell, abbreviated as Mx, is the compound derived centimetre–gram–second (CGS) unit of magnetic flux. The unit used to be called a line. The unit name honours James Clerk Maxwell, who presented the unified theory of electromagnetism, and was established by the International Electrotechnical Commission in 1930.

1 maxwell = 1 gauss × cm2 = 10−8 weber

The weber is the related SI unit.

In a magnetic field of strength one gauss, one maxwell is the total flux across a surface of one square centimetre perpendicular to the field.

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