Properties of ytterbium atoms

Ionisation Energies and electron affinity

The electron affinity of ytterbium is 50  kJ mol-1. The ionisation energies of ytterbium are given below.

Ionisation energy number Enthalpy /kJ mol-1
1st 603.4
2nd 1174.8
3rd 2417
4th 4203

Ionisation energies of Yb

Electronic configuration

The following represents the electronic configuration and its associated term symbol for the ground state neutral gaseous atom. The configuration associated with ytterbium in its compounds is not necessarily the same.

Pointer to The Orbitron gallery of orbitals.

Kossel shell structure of Yb
A schematic representation of the shell structure of ytterbium - not what the atom of ytterbium "looks like".

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