Erbium – 68

Categories: 15 Feb 2012

Erbium is alloyed with vanadium to make it softer and easier to shape. Erbium is added to fiber optic cables as a doping agent where it is used as a signal amplifier. Erbium also has some uses in the nuclear power industry.

Erbia, the renamed material that Mosander discovered in 1843, is erbium oxide (Er2O3), one of erbium’s compounds. Erbia has a pink color and is used to color glass and glazes. Other erbium compounds include: erbium fluoride (ErF3, erbium chloride (ErCl3 and erbium iodide (ErI3