The study of systems by causing the formation of gaseous ions, with or without fragmentation
, which are then characterized by their mass-to-charge ratios and relative abundances.
PAC, 1991, 63, 1541
(Recommendations for nomenclature and symbolism for mass spectroscopy (including an appendix of terms used in vacuum technology). (Recommendations 1991))
on page 1546
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