Argon

18
Ar
39.948(1)

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Argon is used in the lasers.

Properties

Symbol Name Atomic Number Atomic Weight Group Number
Ar Argon 18 39.948(1) 18

Description

Standard State: gas at 298 K
Color: colorless

Lord Rayleigh and Sir William Ramsay discovered Argon in 1894. Argon is mainly used in electric light bulbs and fluorescent bulbs.  Argon is also used as an inert gas shield for arc welding.  Mars's atmosphere has about 1.6 percent argon.