Ytterbium: uses

The following uses for ytterbium 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).

  • possible use in improving the grain refinement, strength, and other mechanical properties of stainless steel
  • one isotope apparently used as a radiation source as a substitute for a portable X-ray machine where electricity is unavailable
  • lasers

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