Rayleigh limit

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Rayleigh limit
Limiting droplet size at which self-fragmentation will occur for charged droplets generated in electrospray or other ionization processes. Self-fragmentation occurs when the electrostatic repulsion force generated by the excess charge exceeds the surface tension that maintains the integrity of the droplet.
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L. Tang, P. Kebarle. Anal. Chem. 65, 3654 (1993). (http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ac00072a020 )

From Definitions of Terms Relating to Mass Spectrometry (IUPAC Recommendations 2013); DOI: 10.1351/PAC-REC-06-04-06 © IUPAC 2013.

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