Resolving power (in mass spectrometry)

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Orange Book

ORANGE BOOK DEFINITION

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

Resolving power (in mass spectrometry)

The ability to distinguish between ions differing in the quotient mass/charge by a small increment. It may be characterized by giving the peak width, measured in mass units, expressed as a function of mass, for at least two points on the peak, specifically for 50% and for 5% of the maximum peak height.

IUPAC 1997 Orange Book Chapter 12
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Gold Book

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).

Resolving power (in mass spectrometry)

Resolving power (mass spectrometry)

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The ability to distinguish between ions differing in the quotient mass/charge by a small increment. It may be characterized by giving the peak width, measured in mass units, expressed as a function of mass, for at least two points on the peak, specifically at fifty percent and at five percent of the maximum peak height.

mass resolving power

http://goldbook.iupac.org/M03730.html

Commonly and also acceptably defined in terms of the overlap (or 'valley') between two peaks. Thus for two peaks of equal height, masses and , when there is overlap between the two peaks to a stated percentage of either peak height (10% is recommended), then the resolving power is defined as . The percentage overlap (or 'valley') concerned must always be stated.

Source: PAC, 1978, 50, 65 (Recommendations for symbolism and nomenclature for mass spectroscopy) on page 72

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Mass peak width (Δm50%)
Full width of mass spectral peak at half-maximum peak height
Mass resolving power (m/Δm50%)
A well-isolated single mass spectral peak
Mass resolution (m2 m1 in Da, or (m2 m1)/m1 in ppm)
The smallest mass difference between equal magnitude peaks such that the valley between them is a specified fraction of either peak height
Mass precision
Root-mean-square deviation in a large number of repeated measurements
Mass accuracy
Difference between measured and actual mass
Mass defect
Difference between exact and nominal mass