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The conversion scale of the pseudo units decibel (dB) and neper (Np)
|Neper is a unit used to express ratios, such as gain, loss, and relative values.
Note 1: The neper is analogous to the decibel, except that the Naperian base
2.718281828 is used in computing the ratio in nepers.
Note 2: The value in nepers is given by Np = ln (x1 / x2), where x1 and x2 are the
values of interest, and ln is the natural logarithm, i.e., logarithm to the base e.
Note 3: One neper Np ≡ 20 / (ln10) = 8.685889638 dB.
Note 4: The neper is often used to express voltage and current ratios, whereas
the decibel is also used to express power ratios.
Note 5: Like the decibel dB, the Np is a dimensionless unit.
Note 6: The ITU recognizes both units.
|The other likely candidate for the base of the log is e = 2.718281828, which has
nice properties in equations, etc., and just seems to fall out of all sorts of natural
phenomena - unlike 10, which is popular because we got 10 fingers. Using e as
your base leads to a less common unit called the neper (Np). Neper is the Latin
form of Napier, the guy who popularized the use of logs for computation
(viz. Napier's bones). Nepers are used with voltage (or magnitude) ratios, so
watch out when converting back and forth between nepers and dB. Decibel
and neper have a fixed linear ratio to each other.
1 dB ≡ ln(10) / 20 Np = 0.115129255 Np
1 Np = (20 lg e) dB ≈ 8.6859 dB
1 dB = (0.05 ln 10) Np ≈ 0.11513 Np
Conversion from dB to Np:
Np value ≡ dB value × ln (10) / 20 = dB value × 0.115129255
Conversion from Np to dB:
dB value ≡ Np value × 20 / ln (10) = Np value × 8.685889638
The voltage level is
x2 is the reference value.
John Napier of Merchiston (1550 - 4 April 1617) - also signed as Neper, Nepair - named Marvellous Merchiston, was a Scottish landowner known as a mathematician, physicist, astronomer and astrologer.
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