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Ionisation -- where does the electron go?

  1. Jul 11, 2014 #1
    I understand that when an electron is excited it goes to a higher energy level and then relaxes to ground state releasing a photon; however, after ionisation of an electron takes place, where does the electron go if it is "removed" from the atom.
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  3. Jul 11, 2014 #2


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    It just floats around freely, just like the parent ion.
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