X-Ray Data Booklet




Gaussian CGS


Units and




2.997 92 109 esu

= 1 C = 1 A s


(1/299.792) statvolt
= (1/299.792) erg/esu

= 1 V = 1 J C1

Magnetic field

104 gauss = 104 dyne/esu

= 1 T = 1 N A1 m1

Electron charge

e = 4.803 204 1010 esu

= 1.602 176 1019 C

Lorentz force

Maxwell equations

Linear media

Permittivity of free space

Permeability of free space

Fields from potentials

Static potentials
(coulomb gauge)

(v is the velocity
of primed system
as seen in un-
primed system)

Impedances (SI units)

r = resistivity at room temperature in 108 W m:

~ 1.7 for Cu ~ 5.5 for W

~ 2.4 for Au ~ 73 for SS 304

~ 2.8 for Al ~ 100 for Nichrome

(Al alloys may have
double this value.)

For alternating currents, instantaneous current I, voltage V, angular frequency w:


Impedance of self-inductance L: Z = jwL .

Impedance of capacitance C: Z = 1/jwC .

Impedance of free space: .

High-frequency surface impedance of a good conductor:

, where d = effective skin depth ;

for Cu .

Capacitance and inductance per unit length (SI units)

Flat rectangular plates of width w, separated by d << w with linear medium (e, m) between:


= 2 to 6 for plastics; 4 to 8 for porcelain, glasses;


Coaxial cable of inner radius r1, outer radius r2:



Transmission lines (no loss):

Impedance: .

Velocity: .

Motion of charged particles in a uniform, static magnetic field

The path of motion of a charged particle of momentum p is a helix of constant radius R and constant pitch angle l, with the axis of the helix along B:


where the charge q is in units of the electronic charge. The angular velocity about the axis of the helix is


where E is the energy of the particle.

This section was adapted, with permission, from the 1999 web edition of the Review of Particle Physics (http://pdg. lbl.gov). See J. D. Jackson, Classical Electrodynamics, 2d ed. (John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1975) for more formulas and details. A PDF version of this table is also available.