Auger effect

(redirected from Auger decay)
Also found in: Medical, Encyclopedia.

Auger effect

(ˈaʊɡə)
n
(Atomic Physics) 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
[C20: named after Pierre Auger (1899–1993), French physicist]
References in periodicals archive ?
In the case of 2p edges of 3d elements Auger decay dominates and sets the time scale.
By measuring the sample's electron photoemission at these two orientations, Nilsson could separate normal photoemission from ordinary auger decay.