FAQ: What is meant by ESD?

When two objects contact and separate, friction causes a charge to build on their body. When a charged person or object touches someone or something, static on their body leaps to the other person/object. This transfer of electricity is called an electrostatic discharge or ESD.

Everyday examples of ESD include: rubbing a balloon over your head; combing your hair; petting your cat; and walking across a floor. The zap you feel is an electrostatic discharge. Minute ESD events, too small for humans to perceive, can damage electronic components.

Human threshold of sensitivity
Human threshold of sensitivity
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