publication . Article . 1989

The atomic mass unit

B.W. Petley;
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  • Published: 01 Apr 1989 Journal: IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, volume 38, pages 175-179 (issn: 0018-9456, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Abstract
The evolution and realization of the atomic mass unit is reviewed. Prospects of replacing the prototype kilogram by an atomic mass standard are discussed. The problem is not one of finding an atomic mass unit, but rather in making the conversion from an atomic scale to the macroscopic world with adequate accuracy, so that the prototype kilogram may be replaced. The kilogram is of a convenient size for everyday use in commerce and technology and is roughly central between the masses of atomic particles and the mass of the universe. It is suggested that it is likely that scientists would wish to retain the present size for the basic mass unit, even if the definition were to be changed in favor of one based on some type of atomic quantity. >
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free text keywords: Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Instrumentation, Theoretical physics, Physics, Kilogram, Electron, Isotope, Subatomic particle, Atomic physics, Atomic units, Atomic mass unit, Atomic mass, Realization (systems)
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