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Gauss Unit
Unit systemGaussian and emu-cgs
Unit ofmagnetic flux density (also known as magnetic induction, or the B-field, or magnetic field)
SymbolG or Gs
Named afterCarl Friedrich Gauss
SI derived units[a]
Gaussian base units1 cm-1/2?g1/2?s-1
esu-cgs1/ccgs esu[b]

The gauss, symbol (sometimes Gs), is a unit of measurement of magnetic induction, also known as magnetic flux density. The unit is part of the Gaussian system of units, which inherited it from the older CGS-EMU system. It was named after the German mathematician and physicist Carl Friedrich Gauss in 1936. One gauss is defined as one maxwell per square centimetre.

As the cgs system has been superseded by the International System of Units (SI), the use of the gauss has been deprecated by the standards bodies, but is still regularly used in various subfields of science. The SI unit for magnetic flux density is the tesla (symbol T),[1] which corresponds to 10,000gauss.

Name, symbol, and metric prefixes

Albeit not a component of the International System of Units, the usage of the gauss generally follows the rules for SI units. Since the name is derived from a person's name, its symbol is the uppercase letter G. When the unit is spelled out, it is written in lowercase ("gauss"), unless it begins a sentence.[2] The gauss may be combined with metric prefixes,[3] such as in milligauss, mG (or mGs), or kilogauss, kGauss or kG.

Unit conversions

The gauss is the unit of magnetic flux density B in the system of Gaussian units and is equal to Mx/cm2 or g/Bi/s2, while the oersted is the unit of H-field. One tesla (T) corresponds to 104 gauss, and one ampere (A) per metre corresponds to 4? × 10-3 oersted.

The units for magnetic flux ?, which is the integral of magnetic B-field over an area, are the weber (Wb) in the SI and the maxwell (Mx) in the CGS-Gaussian system. The conversion factor is , since flux is the integral of field over an area, area having the units of the square of distance, thus (magnetic field conversion factor) times the square of (linear distance conversion factor). 108 Mx/Wb = 104 G/T × (102 cm/m)2.

Typical values

See also


  1. ^ The electromagnetic Gaussian and SI quantities correspond (symbol '?') rather than being equal (symbol '=').
  2. ^ ccgs = is the numeric part of the speed of light when expressed in cgs units.


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