|Title of host publication
|Encyclopedia of Analytical Science
|Elsevier - Mosby
|Number of pages
|Published - 1 Jan 2005
There are many definitions of fast gas chromatography (GC). For some, the definition of fast may be ‘that we achieved the result in less time than we did yesterday’. Others adhere strictly to rules such as ‘the inherent speed of a given separation is best deﬁned by the width of peaks’ and then seek to minimize this width for all peaks. In practical GC, the best definition of fast will be dependent on the analysis task at hand. The approach that an analyst accepts as a ‘fast’ method will be determined by the sample, and also by the type (or amount) of information required from the sample.