This occurs when an internally supra-excited atom or molecular moiety
loses an electron spontaneously without further interaction with an energy source.
(The state of the atom or molecular moiety
is known as a pre-ionization
PAC, 1991, 63, 1541
(Recommendations for nomenclature and symbolism for mass spectroscopy (including an
appendix of terms used in vacuum technology). (Recommendations 1991))
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