Watt balance, SI unit research

Watt balance, SI unit research

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Credit: ANDREW BROOKES, NATIONAL PHYSICAL LABORATORY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Watt balance. Physicist adjusting a watt balance, an electromechanical apparatus used to precisely measure the definition of an amp. One amp is presently one coulomb of electrical charge per second, which was defined using findings from ampere balances. The watt balance is expected to produce a more accurate definition than the ampere balances, as it has an extra calibration step to ensure greater precision. This research is being done as part of attempts to redefine the standard international (SI) definition of units such as the kilogram, ampere and related units. Photographed at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, UK.

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