|Origin of Name
||From smarskite, a mineral
|Date and Place of Discovery
||In 1879 in Paris, France
||Paul Emile Lecoq de Boisbaudran
- It is believed to stimulate metabolism, but it is not essential to the health of the human body.
- It was observed
spectroscopically by Jean Charles
Galissard de Marignac in dydimia in 1853.
- Today it is created through an ion exchange from monazite sand which contains many rare
earth elements. Monazite sand can contain as much as 2.8% of samarium.
- Motion picture industry (carbon lights)
- Optical masers or lasers
- Nuclear reactors
- Permanent magnets
- Chemical reagent in organic synthesis
- Optical glass that absorbs infrared light
- Sensitizers for phosphors
- Ethanol catalyst
- Treatment of pain due to cancers of the bone (Quadramet)