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separation number, SN

in chromatography
This expresses the number of peaks which can be resolved in a given part of the chromatogram between the peaks of two consecutive n-alkanes with z and (z + 1) carbon atoms in their molecules:
SN = t R z + 1 − t R z w h z + w h z + 1 − 1
In the German literature the symbol TZ (trennzahl) is commonly used to express the separation number. As the separation number depends on the n-alkanes used for the calculation, they always must be specified with any given SN value.
PAC, 1993, 65, 819 (Nomenclature for chromatography (IUPAC Recommendations 1993)) on page 847
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