# Questions tagged [mass-spectrometry]

Mass spectrometry (MS) is an analytical technique which takes advantage of the mass-to-charge ratio of gas-phase ions in order to elucidate the composition of a sample.

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### Understanding how mass spectroscopy works

I’m trying to get a deeper understanding of how mass spectroscopy works. Most tutorials and textbooks I’ve encountered omit certain details about the process and I’m hoping someone out there who ...
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### What is the relative size of the (M+2) peak?

The $(M+1)$ peak is often considered in the high-resolution mass spectra of organic molecules as it reveals the number of carbon atoms in the sample. In general, it is known that the ratio of the size ...
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### How does bombarding a molecule with electrons cause ionization?

I am a chemistry student, and my current are of study is mass spectrometry. In the ionization process, atoms are bombarded with electrons, but how does this work? I assume the flow of electrons ...
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### How do I figure out how many hydrogens my compound actually has using a mass and NMR spectrum?

Question 3: It said $m/z = 122,$ and $m/z = 124$ is in a $3:1$ ratio, so I figured that meant that chlorine is present. Then I thought $m/z$ was the actual compound's molecular mass. So I used ...
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### Mass Spectrum and Molecular Ion peaks [closed]

If a molecule contains four chlorine atoms, how many molecular ion peaks will this compound show in its mass spectrum?
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### How to retrieve Dalton value from m/z value?

As I understand, Dalton (Da) is the standard way for representing mass unit. As for $m/z$, which is a specific notation for mass spectrometry, quoting for wikipedia: This notation eases data ...
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### Could someone please explain the difference between m/z and m/e in mass spectroscopy

The definition: 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 ...
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### Fragmentation of phenyl radical cations in mass spectrometry

What are the main fragmentation pathways and products of a phenyl radical cation in mass spectrometry ? I notice sometimes that there's a m/z = 51 peak after the m/z = 77 for phenyl radical cation; I ...
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### What are compounds with the same mass called?

It may be that the answer is just "no" and that's why I can't find it, but is there any common name for compounds with the same mass? I'm thinking in the context of mass spectrometry where these ...
Why isn't the molecular weight of 2,2-dimethylbutane on the mass spectrum? I can tell that a $\ce{-CH3}$ group is removed just by the math, but I do not know the reason why. The molecular weight is 86 ...