This term refers to the sequence of control over operating parameters of a mass spectrometer that results in a spectrum of masses, velocities, momenta or energies.
PAC, 1990, 62, 2167. 'Glossary of atmospheric chemistry terms (Recommendations 1990)' on page 2212 (https://doi.org/10.1351/pac199062112167)
PAC, 1991, 63, 1541. 'Recommendations for nomenclature and symbolism for mass spectroscopy (including an appendix of terms used in vacuum technology). (Recommendations 1991)' on page 1546 (https://doi.org/10.1351/pac199163101541)