Ionisation -- where does the electron go?

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

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