stable ion

in mass spectrometry
An ion which is not sufficiently excited to dissociate spontaneously into a daughter ion and associated neutral fragment(s) or to react further in any other way within the time scale of the experiment, e.g. until hitting the detector.
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 1550 [Terms] [Paper]