The unit of magnetizing force representing the magnetic field intensity at a distance of 1 centimetre in air or vacuum from the unit magnetic pole.

The oersted is equivalent in MKS units to 79.577472 ampere-turns per metre.

A field of one oersted generates a magnetomotive force of 1 gilbert per centimeter of conductor.

See also: Magnetic Field Intensity, Oersted, Hans Christian.

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Subjects: Physics