Resolution: peak width definition

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Resolution: peak width definition
For a single peak corresponding to singly charged ions at mass m in a mass spectrum, the resolution may be expressed as (m/z)/Δ(m/z), where Δ(m/z) is the width of the peak at a height which is a specified fraction of the maximum peak height. It is recommended that one of three values 50, 5, or 0.5 % should always be used.
Related Term(s): Resolution: 10 percent valley definition
Reference(s):

IUPAC. Analytical Division. Compendium of Analytical Nomenclature (the Orange Book). Definitive Rules, 1979. Compiled by J. Inczédy, T. Lengyel, A. M. Ure. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford (1997). On-line corrected version: http://www.iupac.org /publications/analytical compendium (2000).

IUPAC. Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the Gold Book). Compiled by A. D. McNaught and A.Wilkinson. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford (1997). XML on-line corrected version: http://goldbook.iupac.org (2006-) created by M. Nic, J. Jirat, B. Kosata; updates compiled by A. Jenkins.

From Definitions of Terms Relating to Mass Spectrometry (IUPAC Recommendations 2013); DOI: 10.1351/PAC-REC-06-04-06 © IUPAC 2013.

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IUPAC. Analytical Division. Compendium of Analytical Nomenclature (the Orange Book). Definitive Rules, 1979.

Resolution: peak width definition

For a single peak made up of singly charged ions at mass m in a mass spectrum, the resolution may be expressed as m / Δm, where Δm is the width of the peak at a height which is a specified fraction of the maximum peak height. It is recommended that one of three values 50%, 5% or 0.5% should always be used. (Note that for an isolated symmetrical peak recorded with a system which is linear in the range between 5% and 10% levels of the peak, the 5% peak width definition is equivalent to the 10% valley definition. A common standard is the definition of resolution based upon Δm being full width of the peak at half its maximum (FWHM) height.

IUPAC 1997 Orange Book Chapter 12
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