Idiostatic Method

A method of using the absolute or attracted disc electrometer. (See Absolute Electrometer) The suspended disc and guard ring are kept at the same potential, which is that of one of the points whose potential difference is to be determined; the lower fixed disc is connected to the other of the points whose potential difference is to be determined. Then we have the formula

V = d * SquareRoot( 8 * PI * F ) / S

in which d is the distance between the discs, V is the difference of potential of the two points, F the force of attraction between the discs in dynes, and S the area of the suspended disc. (See Heterostatic Method)