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Promethium • Lanthanide Rare Earth

Primary XPS region: Yb4d
Overlapping regions: N/A
Binding energies of common chemical states: N/A

Experimental Information


Interpretation of XPS spectra


crystal structureAbout This Element

Symbol: Yb
Date of Discovery: 1878
Name Origin: Ytterby (town in Sweden)
Appearance: silver
Discoverer: Jean de Marignac
Obtained From: monazite

Melting Point: 1097 K
Boiling Point: 1469 K
Density[kg/m3]: 6570
Molar Volume: 24.84 × 10-6 m3/mol
Protons/Electrons: 70
Neutrons: 103
Shell Structure: 2,8,18,32,8,2
Electron Configuration: [Xe]4f146s2
Oxidation State: 2,3
Crystal Structure: cubic

Ytterbium is soft and ductile with a bright slivery luster. Discovered by J. de Marignac in 1878, ytterbium was named after the Swedish town Ytterby, in which it was discovered. Ytterbium occurs in nature with other rare earth metals in a number of rare minerals and is commercially recovered principally from monazite sand. Ytterbium exists in seven stable isotopes, of which one (169Yb) has been used as a substitute radiation source for an X-ray machine when electricity is not available. Ytterbium may be employed to improve of the mechanical properties of stainless steel, such as strength and grain refinement.


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