# Femto-

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Femto- (symbol f) is a unit prefix in the metric system denoting a factor of 10−15 or 0.000000000000001. Adopted by the 11th General Conference on Weights and Measures, [1] it was added in 1964 to the SI. [2] It is derived from the Danish word femten, meaning "fifteen".

Examples of use:

The femtometre shares the unit symbol (fm) with the older non-SI unit fermi , to which it is equivalent. The fermi, named in honour of Enrico Fermi, is often encountered in nuclear physics.

PrefixBase 1000Base 10 Decimal English wordAdoption [nb 1]
NameSymbol Short scale Long scale
yotta Y 10008  1024 1000000000000000000000000 septillion quadrillion1991
zetta Z 10007  1021 1000000000000000000000 sextillion trilliard1991
exa E 10006  1018 1000000000000000000 quintillion trillion1975
peta P 10005  1015 1000000000000000 quadrillion billiard1975
tera T 10004  1012 1000000000000 trillion billion1960
giga G 10003  109 1000000000 billion milliard1960
mega M 10002  106 1000000 million1873
kilo k 10001  103 1000 thousand1795
hecto h 10002/3  102 100 hundred1795
deca da 10001/3  101 10 ten1795
10000  100 1 one
deci d 1000−1/3  10−1 0.1 tenth1795
centi c 1000−2/3   10−2 0.01 hundredth1795
milli m 1000−1  10−3 0.001 thousandth1795
micro μ 1000−2  10−6 0.000001 millionth1873
nano n 1000−3  10−9 0.000000001 billionth milliardth1960
pico p 1000−4  10−12 0.000000000001 trillionth billionth1960
femto f 1000−5  10−15 0.000000000000001 quadrillionth billiardth1964
atto a 1000−6  10−18 0.000000000000000001 quintillionth trillionth1964
zepto z 1000−7  10−21 0.000000000000000000001 sextillionth trilliardth1991
yocto y 1000−8  10−24  0.000000000000000000000001 septillionth quadrillionth1991
1. Prefixes adopted before 1960 already existed before SI. 1873 was the introduction of the CGS system.

## References

1. International Bureau of Weights and Measures (2006), The International System of Units (SI) (PDF) (8th ed.), ISBN   92-822-2213-6, archived (PDF) from the original on 2017-08-14

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