Total ion current

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DRAFT DEFINITION
Total ion current

The sum of all the separate ion currents carried by the different ions contributing to a mass spectrum.

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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(1) After mass analysis, the sum of all the separate ion currents carried by the different ions contributing to the spectrum.

(2) Before mass analysis, the sum of all the separate ion currents for ions of the same sign before mass analysis.