Neon (Ne), Krypton (Kr) and Xenon (Xe) are referred to as the rare gases, as they comprise a minimal amount of the earth’s atmosphere. These rare gases are produced in the same cryogenic separation and purification process that produces oxygen, nitrogen, and argon but in much smaller quantities. Each of the rare gases was discovered by Scottish and English chemists, Sir William Ramsay and Morris Travers in 1898, filling in the inert gases on the periodic table. Of these rare gases, xenon is the rarest, found in the earth’s atmosphere at only 1 part per 20 million. The use of rare gases has been growing in recent years in many new and exciting applications from medical to lighting to automotive and aerospace technology. These rare gases are often seen in not-so-rare places.
Rocky Mountain Air supplies neon, krypton, and xenon to the Rocky Mountain region (Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Nebraska) and we offer both high-purity cylinders and mixtures to serve a multitude of industries. Though neon, krypton, and xenon have similar uses in lighting and in laser technology, the chemical properties and costs vary. We are happy to discuss your needs and suggest the best gas for your application. If you are interested in partnering with RMA as your rare gas supplier, please contact your local branch to speak to a representative today.
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