|Origin of Name
||From the Greek dysprositos, meaning hard to get at
|Date and Place of Discovery
||In 1886 in France
Paul Emile Lecoq de Boisbaudran
Dysprosium chloride (DyCl3)
- Dysprosium fluoride (DyF3)
- Dysprosium iodide (DyI3)
- Dysprosium oxide (DyO3)
- Dysprosium sulfate [Dy2(SO4)3]
- It is not found freely in nature, but is found in minerals like:
- Most of it is mined from clay ores in sourthern China.
- It is stable in air at room temperature.
- When it dilutes with mineral acids, hydrogen is emitted.
- It oxides very easily.
- It can be cut with bolt-cutters, but not with a knife.
- It is very paramagnetic.
- Its characteristics are affected by small amounts of impurities.
- Laser materials
- Nuclear control rods
- Nuclear reactors
- Compact discs
- Magnetic resonance imaging