Post-source decay

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Post-source decay

A fragmentation of a metastable ion that has once been fully accelerated. Usually this term is associated with time-of-flight mass spectrometers equipped with a reflectron, which separates fragment ions generated in the drift tube prior to entering the reflectron.

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 Post-source decay discussion page (archive of discussion between 2004 and 2006)

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