NEON

Introduction

Atomic Number: 10
Group: 18 or VIII A
Atomic Weight: 20.1797
Period: 2
CAS Number: 7440-01-9

Classification

Chalcogen
Halogen
Noble Gas
Lanthanoid
Actinoid
Rare Earth Element
Platinum Group Metal
Transuranium
No Stable Isotopes
Solid
Liquid
Gas
Solid (Predicted)

Description • Uses/Function

Discovered by Ramsay and Travers in 1898. Neon is a rare gaseous element present in the atmosphereto the extent of 1 part in 65,000 of air. It is obtained by liquefaction of air and separated from the other gases by fractional distillation. Natural neonis a mixture of three isotopes. Six other unstable isotopes are known. It is very inert element; however, it is said to form a compound with fluorine.It is still questionable if true compounds of neon exist, but evidence is mounting in favor of their existence. The following ions are known from opticaland mass spectrometric studies: Ne+, (NeAr)+, (NeH)+, and (HeNe+). Neon also forms an unstable hydrate. In a vacuum discharge tube, neon glowsreddish orange. Of all the rare gases, the discharge of neon is the most intense at ordinary voltages and currents. Neon is used in making the commonneon advertising signs, which accounts for its largest use. It is also used to make high-voltage indicators, lightning arrestors, wave meter tubes, andTV tubes. Neon and helium are used in making gas lasers. Liquid neon is now commercially available and is finding important application as aneconomical cryogenic refrigerant. It has over 40 times more refrigerating capacity per unit volume than liquid helium and more than three times thatof liquid hydrogen. It is compact, inert, and is less expensive than helium when it meets refrigeration requirements. Neon costs about $800/80 cu. ft.(2265 L). 1

• "Neon signs" 2
• "The French chemist Georges Claude (1870-1960) worked with neon vapor lamps; beginning in 1927, he was able to produce them in quantity. Vapor lamps containing a variety of different gases of gas mixtures could be bent into attractive shapes, or into letters that spelled out words (and usually carried an advertising message). So prominent was the red color of those vapor lamps containing neon that all of them, whether they actually contained neon or not, came to be called neon lights.

A small, dim version of the neon light is the neon glow lamp, which consists of a small bulb containing electrodes in a neon atmosphere. Electricity is forced through the neon, causing it to produce a red glow. Little electricity is required for the purpose, and the lamp is not really intended for illumination, but merely as a signal - to indicate the location of a switch or to act as evidence that some electric circuit is in working order (or, perhaps, is not in working order).

In 1957, the spark chamber was introduced for the detection of subatomic particles, and proved to be more efficient for many purposes than the older detection devices. The spark chamber consists of closely spaced metal plates, with alternate plates highly charged with electricity, so that an electric spark is at the point of being released. When a subatomic particle speeds through, sparks are released at the points where it strikes the plates. Between the plates of this device an inert gas is used, either neon or argon.

Efforts were made at once to produce continuous lasers, and the ruby was replaced by tubes of gas. The gas lasers so produced, later in 1960, were continuous. The gases used in such lasers include all of the stable noble gases, alone or in combination. The first gas laser, produced by the Iranian physicist Ali Javan (b. 1926), working at Bell Telephone Laboratories, made use of a mixture of neon and helium. This variety is still the most important." 3

Physical Properties

Melting Point:4*  -248.59 °C = 24.56 K = -415.462 °F
Boiling Point:4* -246.08 °C = 27.07 K = -410.944 °F
Sublimation Point:4 
Triple Point:4 
Critical Point:4 -228.7 °C = 44.45 K = -379.66 °F 4
Density:5  0.825 g/L

* - at 1 atm

Electron Configuration

Electron Configuration: [He] 2s2 2p6
Block: p
Highest Occupied Energy Level: 2
Valence Electrons: 8

Quantum Numbers:

n = 2
ℓ = 1
m = 1
ms = -½

Bonding

Electron Affinity:6 not stable eV
Oxidation States: 0

Ionization Potential   eV 7  kJ/mol  
1 21.5646    2080.7
2 40.96328    3952.4
3 63.45    6122.0
Ionization Potential   eV 7  kJ/mol  
4 97.12    9370.7
5 126.21    12177.4
6 157.93    15237.9
Ionization Potential   eV 7  kJ/mol  
7 207.2759    19999.1
8 239.0989    23069.5
9 1195.8286    115379.9
10 1362.1995    131432.2

Thermochemistry

Specific Heat: 1.030 J/g°C 8 = 20.785 J/mol°C = 0.246 cal/g°C = 4.968 cal/mol°C
Thermal Conductivity: 0.0493 (W/m)/K, 27°C 9
Heat of Fusion: 0.3317 kJ/mol 10 = 16.4 J/g
Heat of Vaporization: 1.7326 kJ/mol 11 = 85.9 J/g
State of Matter Enthalpy of Formation (ΔHf°)12 Entropy (S°)12 Gibbs Free Energy (ΔGf°)12
(kcal/mol) (kJ/mol) (cal/K) (J/K) (kcal/mol) (kJ/mol)
(g) 0 0 34.95 146.2308 0 0

Isotopes

Nuclide Mass 13 Half-Life 13 Nuclear Spin 13 Binding Energy
16Ne 16.025761(22) 9E-21 s [122(37) keV] 0+ 98.03 MeV
17Ne 17.017672(29) 109.2(6) ms 1/2- 113.55 MeV
18Ne 18.0057082(3) 1.672(8) s 0+ 132.80 MeV
19Ne 19.0018802(3) 17.296(5) s 1/2+ 144.60 MeV
20Ne 19.9924401754(19) STABLE 0+ 161.05 MeV
21Ne 20.99384668(4) STABLE 3/2+ 168.19 MeV
22Ne 21.991385114(19) STABLE 0+ 178.13 MeV
23Ne 22.99446690(11) 37.24(12) s 5/2+ 183.41 MeV
24Ne 23.9936108(4) 3.38(2) min 0+ 192.41 MeV
25Ne 24.997737(28) 602(8) ms (3/2)+ 196.75 MeV
26Ne 26.000461(29) 197(1) ms 0+ 202.03 MeV
27Ne 27.00759(12) 32(2) ms (3/2+)# 203.58 MeV
28Ne 28.01207(16) 18.3(22) ms 0+ 207.00 MeV
29Ne 29.01939(29) 15.6(5) ms (3/2+)# 208.55 MeV
30Ne 30.02480(61) 5.8(2) ms 0+ 211.96 MeV
31Ne 31.03311(97)# 3.4(8) ms 7/2-# 211.65 MeV
32Ne 32.04002(86)# 3.5(9) ms 0+ 213.20 MeV
33Ne 33.04938(86)# <260 ns 7/2-# 212.89 MeV
34Ne 34.05703(87)# 1# ms [>1.5 μs] 0+ 213.51 MeV
Values marked # are not purely derived from experimental data, but at least partly from systematic trends. Spins with weak assignment arguments are enclosed in parentheses. 13

Abundance

Earth - Source Compounds: uncombined 14
Earth - Seawater: 0.00012 mg/L 15
Earth -  Crust:  0.005 mg/kg = 0.0000005% 15
Earth -  Total:  0.50E-8 cm^3/g 16
Mercury -  Total:  16
Venus -  Total:  49E-8 cm^3/g 16
Chondrites - Total: 0.0015 (relative to 106 atoms of Si) 17

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