Dysprosium: uses

The following uses for dysprosium are gathered from a number of sources as well as from anecdotal comments. I'd be delighted to receive corrections as well as additional referenced uses (please use the feedback mechanism to add uses).

  • its thermal neutron absorption cross-section and high melting point suggest metallurgical uses in nuclear control applications for alloying with special stainless steels
  • in combination with vanadium and other earth, dysprosium is used for making laser materials
  • dysprosium-cadmium chalcogenides are sources of infrared radiation and are used for studying chemical reactions
  • CD disks

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