Neodymium was isolated by von Welsbach in 1885.
Along with other Lanthanides, it can be found in the minerals monazite and bastnasite.
Neodymium colours glass in a variety of shades.
Glass coloured by Neodymium is used in Astronomy and in the production of lasers as a substitute for ruby.
- Atomic Number: 60
- Atomic Weight: 144.24
- Melting Point: 1021
- Boiling Point: 3068
- Specific Gravity: 6.80 and 7.007 (depending on form)
- Valence(s): 3
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