Erbium meaning

ûrbē-əm
A soft, malleable, silvery rare-earth element, used in metallurgy and nuclear research and to color glass and porcelain. Atomic number 68; atomic weight 167.26; melting point 1,529°C; boiling point 2,868°C; specific gravity 9.066; valence 3.
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A trivalent chemical element, one of the rare-earth elements: symbol, Er; at. no. 68
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A soft, silvery, metallic element of the lanthanide series. It is used as a neutron absorber in nuclear technology and in light amplification for fiber-optic telecommunications. Atomic number 68; atomic weight 167.26; melting point 1,497°C; boiling point 2,900°C; specific gravity 9.051; valence 3.
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A rare earth material used in optical amplifiers. See EDFA.
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A soft, malleable, silvery rare-earth element used in various alloys. Erbium-doped fiber amplifiers (EDFAs) are used extensively in long haul fiber optic transmission systems (FOTS). Erbium is number 68 in the Periodic Table of Elements. Erbium is named for the village of Ytterby, Sweden, where it was discovered. So were ytterbium, yttrium, and terbium. See also EDFA, FOTS, and Ytterby.
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A metallic chemical element (symbol Er) with an atomic number of 68.
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Origin of erbium

  • After Ytterby , a town in Sweden

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • After Ytterby, Sweden.

    From Wiktionary