What happens to chlorine when it is mixed with neon?

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Chlorine is a gas at room temperature. Chlorine is a highly reactive substance, it has the highest electron affinity, and thus is rarely found in molecular form in the atmosphere. Its most common compound on Earth is NaCl, or common table salt.

Neon is one of the noble gasses....

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Chlorine is a gas at room temperature. Chlorine is a highly reactive substance, it has the highest electron affinity, and thus is rarely found in molecular form in the atmosphere. Its most common compound on Earth is NaCl, or common table salt.

Neon is one of the noble gasses. Neon's outer shell of electrons has the full complement of eight, and thus neon will not form ionic bonds with other elements.(There is some evidence for a compound formed with flourine, but this is not generally accepted.) Neon is thought to be inert, unable to form neutral compounds. Some ions of neon have been observed to form compounds such as ` ``("NeAr")^"*" ` .

So the answer is, nothing. Despite chlorine's strong reactivity, neon will not form a compound with chlorine since neon is inert.

There is a van der Waals compound with neon and chlorine, but I don't believe that is what you are asking about.

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