The unit of electric potential difference and electromotive force in the centimeter-gram-second electromagnetic system of units. Symbol, abV. The difference in electric potential between two points in a conductor carrying a constant current of 1 abampere when the power dissipated between them is equal to 1 erg per second. One abvolt = 10−8 volt.

According to the current national standard in the United States¹, the abvolt is not to be used. The volt should be used instead.

1. IEEE/ASTM SI 10™-2002.
American National Standard for Use of the International System of Units (SI): The Modern Metric System.
New York: IEEE, 30 December 2002.

See Section 3.3.3.


For an excellent history of the development of the electric and magnetic units up to 1913, see U. S. Bureau of Standards Circular 60.

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