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neodymium (Nd)





neodymium
Neodymium.
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A silver-yellow metallic element of the lanthanide series. It was first isolated in the form of its oxide in 1885 and the pure metal was first obtained in 1925. Chief ores are monazite and bastnaesite. Neodymium is used to manufacture lasers, and its salts are used to color glass. Its most common isotope is 142Nd (27.11%).


atomic number 60
relative atomic mass 144.24
relative density 7.004
melting point 1,010°C (1,850°F)
boiling point 3,068°C (5,554°F)


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