Ionization cross section

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DRAFT DEFINITION
Ionization cross section

The probability that a given ionization process will occur when an atom or molecule interacts with a photon, electron, atom or molecule.

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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See additional comments on the Ionization cross section discussion page (archive of discussion between 2004 and 2006)

Orange Book Entry

This is a measure of the probability that a given ionization process will occur when an atom or molecule interacts with a photon.