ion trap


noun Physics.

any device used to prevent ions in an electron beam from striking other apparatus, especially in mass spectrometry.

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Scientific definitions for ion trap

ion trap

A device, such as a magnet, used to prevent ions in an electron beam from striking another apparatus, such as a cathode-ray tube screen, which could cause it to lose luminescence.
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