History of the Element: Neon

History of the Element: Neon

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  • CREATION OF THE NAME: NEON
  • Sir William Ramsay and Morris Travers were working on a series of experiments in 1898 to figure out what element is between helium and argon in the periodic table. They spent nights thinking long and hard.
  • BRAINSTORMING
  • Look at the residue left over after boiling water, oxygen, nitrogen, helium, and argon from a sample of air, Sir Ramsey.
  • CREATION OF KRYPTON
  • Krypton was formed while on a mission to identify the middle gas between argon and helium, but it wasn't the creation they were seeking for.
  • That is brilliant, just not quite what we are looking for.
  • Ramsey and Travers were back in their laboratory, hoping for a different outcome after several weeks of trying and failing.
  • CREATION OF A NEW ELEMENT
  • Look, Morris, by utilizing liquid air to freeze the chemical element argon, the gas that evaporated from the combination is exposed to a high voltage to obtain its spectral lines.
  • THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT WE NEEDED!
  • (1) Willie, my son, suggested the name Novum for this new element.
  • Ramsey and Travers toasted their new discovery with spaghetti and meatballs later that night. However, they realized they needed to come up with a name during their celebration.
  • (3) Therefore, I suppose we can use the term "Neon", which comes from the Greek word neos, which means new and young.
  • (2) Well, Ramsey, I recommend that we keep the "on" chemical family suffix.
  • (4) Ramsey, that sounds lovely!
  • IMPORTANCE OF NEON
  • Because neon is used in lights, signage, lasers, and refrigeration, it is significant. Neon is the universe's fifth most plentiful element, yet it is extremely rare on Earth.
  •  It has no known role in natural systems or biology due to its rarity and complete immobility. In a vacuum tube, neon emits a red-orange glow that is utilized in lighting.
  • A USE OF NEON TODAY
  • OPEN
  • STEVES PIZZA
  • Today, Neon is commonly utilized in neon lights and signage because of its intense glow, which attracts the public's attention.
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