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A rayl, rayl or rayleigh is one of two units of specific acoustic impedance or, equivalently, characteristic acoustic impedance; one an mks unit, and the other a cgs unit. the units are named after john william strutt, 3rd baron rayleigh, and not to be confused with the rayleigh unit of photon flux, used to measure airglow, and named after his son, robert john strutt, 4th baron rayleigh.