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Auger electron

Pronunciation: awg'er

Definition: an electron ejected from an orbital by photoelectric interaction with a photon emitted when another electron, in a higher energy orbital, passed from a higher to a lower energy level; the Auger electron recoils with energy equal to the characteristic radiation less the difference in shell- binding energies.

See: photoelectric effect, transition electron

[Pierre-Victor Auger]

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