What is ionization?

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Doesn’t it mean to electrically charge gas atoms? Aren’t electrically charged things described as “electrified”?

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  1. Ionization is the process of creating ions. Ions are atoms that either have an excess of electrons (negative ions) or a dearth of them (positive ions).

    EX: The LHC at CERN passes hydrogen gas through a device that strips the one electron bonded to hydrogen and that results in a proton with a positive charge. That’s a positive ion.

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