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A Visual Guide to Interpreting Mass Spectra

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Mass spectrometry (MS) is an analytical technique that ionizes chemical species and sorts the ions based on their mass to charge ratio. In simple terms, a mass spectrum measures the masses within a sample. Mass spectrometry is used in many different fields and is applied to pure samples as well as complex mixtures. The above infographic produced by the folks at Compound Interest blog is a useful visual guide to interpreting the mass spectra that can be seen when using this technique.

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