collisional excitation

in mass spectrometry
An ion/neutral species process wherein there is an increase in the reactant ion's internal energy at the expense of the translational energy of either (or both) of the reacting species. The scattering angle may be large.
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 1555 (