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Neon

What the name means: The name Neon comes from the Greek word neos, meaning new. It was given its name because it was, at the time of its identification, a new addition to the existing list of noble gases.

Neon

Neon atom

Neon atom

 

 

Who identified neon?: Neon was identified by a Scotsman, William Ramsay, in 1898. Ramsay also named this new element. Ramsay and his assistant, Morris Travers, had been experimenting with liquid air. In the process of their work they had already identified krypton and xenon. Once the position of these two gases in the periodic table had been established, the existence of neon was predicted and the two scientists went on to isolate it.

 

Properties

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STP = standard temperature and pressure.
Usually considered as room temperature and pressure.

 

About neon: Neon gas is present in very small quantities in the air. It is a monatomic gas and only very rarely reacts with other atoms. When electricity is passed through it, it glows red-orange. This property of neon is used in neon lighting.

 

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