Ytterbium - Periodic Table of Videos
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The team at periodicvideos has created a TED-Ed Lesson for every element of the periodic table. What better way to talk about Ytterbium than by doing it from the very place it was discovered - Ytterby in Sweden!
One of the important applications of ytterbium is as a doping agent in lasers to store energy; in much the same way, erbium does act in optic fiber amplifiers.