Unit pV
Name picovolt
Category Electric Potential
Details Petavolt (PV) is a unit of electric potential commonly used in the field of electromagnetism and electrical engineering to describe the voltage difference (electric potential difference) between two points in an electric circuit or system. The term petavolt comes from the metric prefix "peta", which denotes a factor of 10^15, mean 1 PV is equal to 10^15 volts (V).

In simpler terms, a voltage of 1 petavolt represents an electric potential difference of one million billion volts (1,000,000,000,000,000 V). This is an extremely high voltage level, and it is not typically encountered in everyday electrical systems or applications.

For instance, high-voltage power lines that transport electricity long distances have voltages in the range of hundreds of kilovolts (kV) to a few megavolts (MV). The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), one of the most powerful particle accelerators in the world, operates at a maximum energy of around 7 tera-electronvolts (TeV), which is still several orders of magnitude below 1 petavolt.