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the unit of magnetic field intensity in the cgs system of units. Named in honor of H. C. Oersted, its symbol is Oe. One oersted is equal to the strength of a magnetic field produced at a distance of 2 cm from an infinitely long straight conductor of infinitesimal circular cross section carrying a current with a strength of 1 cgs unit (that is, 10 amperes).
In technical practice, the oersted is gradually being replaced by the SI unit, ampere-turns per meter: 1 Oe = 103/(4π) ampereturns/m = 79.5775 ampere-turns/m.