Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory Office of Science NEWTON's Homepage NEWTON's Homepage
NEWTON, Ask A Scientist!
NEWTON Home Page NEWTON Teachers Visit Our Archives Ask A Question How To Ask A Question Question of the Week Our Expert Scientists Volunteer at NEWTON! Frequently Asked Questions Referencing NEWTON About NEWTON About Ask A Scientist Education At Argonne Plasma
Name:  Doug
Status:  educator
Age:  40s
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: 2000-2001


Question:
Regarding plasma: I understand that ionized hydrogen would separate the proton from the electron. What about heavier gases? Do all or only part of the electrons ionize from the nucleus depending upon the amount of ionizing energy? Thanks in advance. Doug Broyles


Replies:
Generally, only some of the electrons will depart. As you guessed, the more protons there are in an atomic nucleus, the more energy is required to strip away all the electrons.

Richard E. Barrans Jr., Ph.D.
Assistant Director
PG Research Foundation, Darien, Illinois



Click here to return to the Physics Archives

NEWTON is an electronic community for Science, Math, and Computer Science K-12 Educators, sponsored and operated by Argonne National Laboratory's Educational Programs, Andrew Skipor, Ph.D., Head of Educational Programs.

For assistance with NEWTON contact a System Operator (help@newton.dep.anl.gov), or at Argonne's Educational Programs

NEWTON AND ASK A SCIENTIST
Educational Programs
Building 360
9700 S. Cass Ave.
Argonne, Illinois
60439-4845, USA
Update: June 2012
Weclome To Newton

Argonne National Laboratory