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70 Yb Ytterbium

Lanthanoid, mass: 173.04 u, 7 stable isotopes (168, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 176), abundance rank (earth/space): 55/67

Click image to magnify. Ultrapure ytterbium, 2 grams. Original size in cm: 1 x 1.5
Ytterbium Ytterbium same piece
Ytterbium forms a protective oxide layer in air, which makes it quite resistant. It is not particularly rare for a lanthanoid, but difficult to separate from the others, so it is not used much. Its main application is as additive in special steels and for special permanent magnets. Ytterbium is about 25 - 30 % lighter (less dense) than its neighbors thulium and lutetium.

Ytterbium different piece Ytterbium(III) compound
Left: Ytterbium, 0.5 x 1 cm.
Right: Crystals of a colorless ytterbium(III) compound, probably ytterbium acetate. Heap diameter 2 cm.


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