dipole moment
  • noun the product of two equal and opposite magnetic poles or electric charges that are a short distance apart
  • For a dipole (1), the product of the magnitude of one of the charges, and the distance between the centers of the charges. May be expressed in coulomb-meters or abcoulomb-centimeters. Also called electric dipole moment, or electric moment.
  • For a magnet placed in a magnetic field, the maximum torque experienced by the magnet divided by the magnitude of the magnetic field acting on said magnet. May be expressed in joules/tesla. Also called magnetic dipole moment, or magnetic moment.

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