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39 Y Yttrium

Transition metal, mass: 88.906 u, 1 stable isotope (89), abundance rank (earth/space): 32/42

Click image to magnify. Ultrapure yttrium crystal from two sides. Original size in cm: 2 x 3
Yttrium front Yttrium back
Yttrium is a soft and reactive metal, which has many applications in high-tech industry. YAG, yttrium aluminium garnet, is widely used as a host material in lasers. Pure yttrium easily forms crystals, like those you can see here.

Nd:YAG laser rod
Nd:YAG laser rod, diameter 0.5 cm.


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