A silver-white, metallic element of the
lanthanide series. First isolated in
1878, ytterbium's chief ore is monazite.
The shiny, soft element is used to produce steel
and other alloys. Its most common isotope
is 174Yb (31.84%).
In 2009,a team of scientists announced it had managed to teleport
a single ion of ytterbium – a world's
first. Previously, teleportation had been restricted to photons. The group
conducted teleportation between two ions of ytterbium (Yb+): an original
that held a unique quantum state, and a second 'blank' target ion.1
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1. Olmschenk, S. et al. Science 323, 486–489