Auger effect

Auger effect

Auger effect [oh-zhey] Word Origin noun Physics.

  1. a nonradiative process in which an atom in an excited state undergoes a transition to a lower state by the emission of a bound electron (Auger electron) rather than by the emission of an x-ray.

Origin of Auger effect 1930–35; named after Pierre V. Auger (born 1899), French physicistAlso called autoionization. British Dictionary definitions for auger effect Auger effect noun

  1. the spontaneous emission of an electron instead of a photon by an excited ion as a result of a vacancy being filled in an inner electron shell

Word Origin for Auger effect C20: named after Pierre Auger (1899–1993), French physicist

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