# Statvolt

The

**statvolt** is the unit of

voltage and

electrical potential used in the

cgs system of units. The conversion is

- 1 statvolt = 299.792458 volts.

It is a useful unit for

electromagnetism because one statvolt per centimeter is equal in magnitude to one

gauss. Thus, for example, an

electric field of one statvolt/cm has the same energy density as a

magnetic field of one gauss. Likewise, light propagating in a vacuum has perpendicular electric and magnetic fields such that for every gauss of magnetic field intensity there is one statvolt/cm of electric field intensity.