Electrical resistivity (general definition)


Electrical resistivity (also known as resistivity, specific electrical resistance, or volume resistivity) is an intrinsic property that quantifies how strongly a given material opposes the flow of electric current. A low resistivity indicates a material that readily allows the movement of electric charge. A general definition for the Electrical resistivity starts from the fact that if there is electric field inside a material, it will cause electric current to flow. The electrical resistivity ρ is defined as the ratio of the electric field to the density of the current it creates.

Related formulas


ρThe resistivity of the conductor material (ohm*m)
EThe magnitude of the electric field (V/m)
JThe magnitude of the current density (A/m2)