Agent Name

Xenon

CAS Number

7440-63-3

Formula

Xe

Major Category

Other Classes

Synonyms

Xenon, compressed [UN2036] [Nonflammable gas]; Xenon, refrigerated liquid (cryogenic liquids) [UN2591]; [Nonflammable gas]; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Elements, Nonmetallic

Description

Odorless, nonflammable gas; [CAMEO]

Sources/Uses

" It is found in the earth's atmosphere and has been used as an anesthetic." [ChemIDplus] Used in xenon lamps and IMAX projection systems; [Wikipedia] Used in lamps that produce intense and short flashes of light (stroboscopes and high-speed photography); [Britannica]

Comments

Contact with liquid may cause frostbite; A simple asphyxiant; [CAMEO] Xenon has anesthetic properties in high concentrations (1 atmosphere). This phenomenon is called "inert gas narcosis" in mixed-gas, deep-sea divers. [Wald, p. 171]

Adverse Effects
Neurotoxin

Other CNS Neurotoxin

Other Poison

Simple Asphyxiant

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