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Townsend (unit)

The Townsend (symbol Td) is a physical unit of E / N, where E is electric field and N is concentration of neutral particles. It is defined by the relation 1 {\rm Td} = 10^{-17}\rm V\cdot cm^2.

This unit is important in gas discharge physics, because the mean energy of electrons (and therefore many other properties of discharge) is a function of E / N. It means that increasing the electric intensity E by some factor q has the same consequences as lowering gas density N by factor q.

It is named after John Sealy Townsend (see other articles in this stub).

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