Ytterbium - Alkane Resources Ltd
Level 12, 37 Bligh Street +61 2 8233 6168

Ytterbium is used in a range of applications, from thermal barrier coatings for nickel, iron and other transition metal alloy substrates to laser, fibre amplifier and fibre optic technologies. It is also used in stress gauges for monitoring ground deformations from earthquakes and nuclear explosions, since the electrical resistance of ytterbium metal increases when subjected to very high stresses. Ytterbium has a single dominant absorption band at 985nm (infrared), making it useful in silicon photocells to directly convert radiant energy to electricity.