ionization temperature

ionization temperature

[‚ī·ə·nə′zā·shən ‚tem·prə·chər]
(statistical mechanics)
The temperature at which the average kinetic energy of gas molecules having a Maxwell distribution equals the ionization energy.
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It was found that helium abundance "enhancements often have unusually high ionization temperatures, indicative of an origin in active solar processes...
If high ionization temperatures are employed (particularly when APCI is used), hydrogen-deuterium exchange of deuterated internal-standard compounds can occur during the ionization process (31).