Wanted: Galium (Ga)

By: Jackson Gilleland


Gallium is used for detecting solar neutrinos, which are a product of nuclear fusion that passes through the Earth. Gallium also has a low melting point and high boiling point which make it useful to use in high-temperature thermometers. It is also used in many LED's and doping semiconductors because of its arsenide; which is used to form many metals. These uses are all major crimes that affect us all!!!
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Gallium can also be known as part of a thermometer or part of an LED because of its arsenide. Gallium can easily be mistaken for mercury in a regular thermometer because of its use. Continuing, Gallium can also be mistaken for nuclear fusion because of its help with detecting solar neutrinos. Finally, Gallium can also be known as (Ga), it's atomic symbol.
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Gallium is element number 31 on the periodic table and is a rare, silvery-white metal that is in the boron group. It also is brittle and brakes with a conchoidal or curved fracture like glass. Gallium's atomic mass is 69.273, its atomic number is 31, and Gallium is a liquid at room temperature.
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First Arresting Officers and Report of First Arrest:

  • Before Gallium was discovered, it's main properties were predicted by Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev. It was first named ekaaluminum because it was predicted to sit below aluminum on the periodic table. When Gallium was discovered, it was arrested in 1875 in Paris, France after being seen through a spectroscope by Paul Emile Lecoq de Boisbandran. He mainly found it as an impurity in zinc blend. Also, the scientist was a french chemist known for his discoveries of Samamrium and Dysprosium too.

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Where the Element is Found On Earth:

Gallium is usually spotted in the Earth's crust.

Known Associates:

Gallium is known to be working with Mercury, Cesium, and Rubidium. They all become liquid when they are heated slightly.
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Gallium is stable in its pure state unless it is exposed to heat.

Element in Use:

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