In order to efficiently apply the local density approximation it is necessary to derive an effective charge for the particle passing through matter. This effective charge is correlated but not equivalent to the actual charge of the particle which looses some its electrons by the interaction with the target atoms. An expression (3.121) for the effective ionization was derived by Brandt and Kitagawa  for an ion with a definite ionization (Z is the core charge of the ion and N is the number of electrons) passing through an electron gas.
To determine the ionization of an ion which depends on the ion velocity a stripping criteria for electrons must be applied.
In  an empirical velocity stripping criterion is proposed based on the assumption that all electrons with a velocity below the ion velocity are stripped. Applying this criterion the ionization is determined by
An alternative energy stripping criterion is presented in  which is supposed to yield better results especially for higher ion velocities (). This criterion looks for the smallest number of bound electrons so that , where is the total ion energy (sum of potential energy and kinetic energy of the electrons). Using the energy definition of the Brandt-Kitagawa model the ionization is determined by
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