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49 In Indium

Metal, mass: 114.82 u, 1 stable isotope (113), but 20 times more frequent is 115In with a half-life of 4.41*1014 years. Abundance rank (earth/space): 68/71

Click image to magnify. Ingot of 40 grams of indium, 2 x 4.5 cm and molten (liquid) indium, 1.5 x 1.5 cm.
Indium ingot Molten indium
Indium is a rare metal with a low melting point. It is very soft and can be cut with a knife. Indium is much used in the industry. Indium tin oxide is transparent, but has a good electrical conductivity. Therefore it is used in nearly every modern display device, which made indium a scarce material, that is in danger of running out.

Freshly cut indium
Freshly cut indium.


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