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Mass-spectrometric Observations of Ions in Flames


AS an extension of our studies of ionization in flames, previously based largely on conductivity measurements1, an apparatus has been constructed for direct mass-spectrometric analysis of ions drawn from, a flame. Whereas previously information about the nature and relative amounts of positive ions could only be obtained by inference from the electron concentration, it is now in principle possible to obtain directly the concentration of ions of any given mass number. It is the purpose of this communication to give preliminary qualitative results obtained with this apparatus, which prove to be of considerable interest.

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  1. 1

    Sugden, T. M., Disc. Farad. Soc., 19, 68 (1955).

  2. 2

    Sugden, T. M., and Wheeler, R. C., Disc. Farad. Soc., 19, 76 (1955).

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