Associative ionization

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DRAFT DEFINITION
Associative ionization

An ionization process in which two excited atoms or molecules react to form a single positive ion and an electron.

Considered between 2004 and 2006 but not included in the 2006 PAC submission
This is an unofficial draft definition presented for information and comment.

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Orange Book Entry

This occurs when two excited gaseous atoms or molecular moieties interact and the sum of their energies is sufficient to produce a single additive ionic product.