Industrial high-purity erbium is a white-silver, soft, malleable, shiny metal. It is very stable in air, it slowly reacts with oxygen and water, dissolves in acids.
In combination with vanadium and other rare earth metals, it reduces the hardness of the alloys and increases their machinability. The metal oxide has a pink color, so it is used as a pigment for porcelain and glass, which is subsequently used in sunglasses, welders’ masks and budget jewelry. Erbium-doped glass fibers are used in amplifiers for optical communication. The same fibers are used to create lasers. Erbium fiber lasers and a mixture with yttrium are able to cut and weld metal. Erbium is also used in cosmetology and medical lasers, cryocoolers.
Density 9.2 g / cm3.
Melting point – 1522 ° C
Boiling point – 2867 ° C
According to the degree of purity, there are three types of erbium ingot:
ErM-1 – 99.99%;
ErM-2 – 99.5%;
Erbium (for Ytterby, a village in Sweden) was discovered by Carl Gustaf Mosander in 1843. Mosander was working with a sample of what was thought to be the single metal oxide yttria, derived from the mineral gadolinite.
The concentration of erbium in the Earth crust is about 2.8 mg/kg and in the sea water 0.9 ng/L. This concentration is enough to make erbium about 45th in elemental abundance in the Earth’s crust.
Like other rare earths, this element is never found as a free element in nature but is found bound in monazite sand ores. It has historically been very difficult and expensive to separate rare earths from each other in their ores but ion-exchange chromatography methods developed in the late 20th century have greatly brought down the cost of production of all rare-earth metals and their chemical compounds.
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Erbium metal chemical properties: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erbium
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