One view of the mechanism of ejection of atomic and molecular ions from salts and minerals, and of molecular ions from electrolyte solutions, is that the sputtering process simply desorbs pre-existing ions without alteration of their charge state. This article briefly discusses some current theoretical aspects of this approach for atomic ion emission, and draws some parallels with molecular ion emission.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||International Journal of Mass Spectrometry and Ion Physics|
|State||Published - Sep 20 1983|