Fr.: électron d'Auger
An electron that is emitted when an electron from a higher → energy level falls into a → vacancy in an inner shell, according to the → Auger-Meitner effect. The process usually occurs when the atom is bombarded with high energy electrons. If the collision ejects an inner-shell electron, an electron from a higher level will quickly drop to this lower level to fill the vacancy. Most of the time, the energy is released in the form of a photon. But sometimes the energy is transferred to another electron, which is ejected from the atom.