From Mass Spectrometry Terms
| IUPAC RECOMMENDATIONS 2013
K. K. Murray, R. K. Boyd, M. N. Eberlin, G. J. Langley, L. Li and Y. Naito, Pure Appl. Chem., 2013, 85, 1515-1609, 10.1351/PAC-REC-06-04-06.
|This term is deprecated.
The term “ratio of mass to charge” should be used for the quantity expressed in kg/C in SI units.
|Definitions of Terms Relating to Mass Spectrometry (IUPAC Recommendations 2013); DOI: 10.1351/PAC-REC-06-04-06 © IUPAC 2013.|
| ORANGE BOOK DEFINITION
IUPAC. Analytical Division. Compendium of Analytical Nomenclature (the “Orange Book”). Definitive Rules, 1979.
|IUPAC Orange Book Chapter 12|
|Index of Orange Book Terms|
| GOLD BOOK DEFINITION
IUPAC. Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the “Gold Book”). Compiled by A. D. McNaught and A.Wilkinson. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford (1997).
The abbreviation m/z is used to denote the dimensionless quantity formed by dividing the mass number of an ion by its charge number. It has long been called the mass-to-charge ratio although m is not the ionic mass nor is z a multiple or the elementary (electronic) charge, e. The abbreviation m/e is, therefore, not recommended. Thus, for example, for the ion C7H72+, m/z equals 45.5..
Source: 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 1544
|IUPAC Gold Book|
|Index of Gold Book Terms|
|QUOTED TEXT FROM IUPAC RECOMMENDATIONS 2013|
|The labeling of the x-axis of a mass spectrum engendered the most discussion during the creation of this document; however, in spite of a general desire for a better way to label the x-axis of mass spectra, there was no broad consensus for any of the proposed changes. Therefore, this document continues the use of the definitions of the Gold Book  and the similar definitions in the Orange Book . The Gold Book recommendation is for the use of m/z as an abbreviation for mass-to-charge ratio, a dimension- less quantity obtained by dividing the mass number of an ion by its charge number .
The thomson unit, defined as the quotient of mass in units of u and the number of charges (z), was proposed nearly two decades ago , but has not been widely adopted and is therefore not recommended. Labeling the x-axis of a mass spectrum with any unit of mass such as dalton (Da), atomic mass unit (amu), or unified atomic mass unit (u) is strongly discouraged due to the confusion that would result when reporting spectra of multiply charged ions. The quantity plotted on the x-axis of a mass spectrum is a function of both the mass and charge of the ion. Furthermore, the use of amu in place of u is strongly discouraged in all cases; it has been used to denote atomic masses measured relative to the mass of a single atom of 16O, or to the isotope-averaged mass of an oxygen atom, or to the mass of a single atom of 12C
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