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PRODUCTS / RARE GASES / XENON

Description

Xenon is a "noble" or "inert" gas present in the atmosphere to a small extent. Xenon is present in the Martian atmosphere to the extent of about 0.08 ppm. Before 1962, it was generally assumed that xenon and other noble gases were unable to form compounds.

Metallic xenon is produced by applying several hundred kilobars of pressure. Xenon in a vacuum tube produces a blue glow when excited by an electrical discharge and finds use in strobe lamps. It is an odourless, colourless, inert gas.

Xenon is present to a small extent in the atmosphere (less than 1 ppm by volume) and is obtained as a byproduct from the liquefaction and separation of air. This would not normally be carried out in the laboratory and xenon is available commercially.

Application

Used in making electron tubes, stroboscopic lamps, bactericidal lamps, and lamps used to excite ruby lasers for generating coherent light. Used in the atomic energy field in bubble chambers, probes and other applications where its high molecular weight is of value. Potentially useful as a gas for ion engines. The perxenates are used in analytical chemistry as oxidizing agents.

Product Denomination Standard articles Impurities, no more Total impurities,
no more
Xenon Xe 5.0 UHP Xe > 99.999 vol.% Kr < 3 ppm < 10 ppm
  - N2 < 3 ppm - - -
- Ar < 1 ppm - - -
- H2 < 0.1 ppm - - -
- O2 < 1 ppm - - -
- CF < 0.1 ppm - - -
- THC < 0.5 ppm - - -
- CO < 0.5 ppm - - -
- CO2 - - - - - -
- H2O < 1 ppm - - -
Xenon Xe 5.0 UHP Xe > 99.9999 vol.% Kr < 3 ppm < 10 ppm
  - N2 < 3 ppm - - -
- Ar < 1 ppm - - -
- H2 < 0.1 ppm - - -
- O2 < 1 ppm - - -
- CF < 0.1 ppm - - -
- THC < 0.5 ppm - - -
- CO < 0.5 ppm - - -
- CO2 - - - - - -
- H2O < 1 ppm - - -
Xenon Xe 6.0 RG Xe > 99.9999 vol.% Kr < 1 ppm < 1 ppm
  - N2 < 0.3 ppm - - -
- Ar < 0.1 ppm - - -
- H2 < 0.1 ppm - - -
- O2 < 0.1 ppm - - -
- CF < 0.1 ppm - - -
- THC < 0.1 ppm - - -
- CO < 0.1 ppm - - -
- CO2 - 0.1 ppm - - -
- H2O < 0.1 ppm - - -

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Xenon
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