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Samarium Powder

Samarium Powder

Samarium Powder
Product Number NRE-8041
CAS No. 7440-19-9
Formula Sm
Molecular Weight 150.36 g/mol
APS <40 µm (Can be Customized)
Purity 99.9%
Color Gray
Density 7.52 g/cm3
Melting Point 1,072 °C
Boiling Point 1,900°C

Samarium Powder

Samarium is a rare earth metal with atomic number 62 and symbol Sm. It is a moderately hard silvery metal that readily oxidizes in air. Samarium and its compounds have various applications due to their unique properties. Samarium powder finds use in several areas, some of which are:

Nuclear Reactors: Samarium is an excellent neutron absorber, making it useful in nuclear reactor control rods. Its ability to capture thermal neutrons helps control the rate of fission in nuclear reactors.

Permanent Magnets: Samarium-cobalt (SmCo) magnets are among the strongest permanent magnets available. They possess high magnetic strength, high resistance to demagnetization, and good stability at high temperatures, making them suitable for specialized applications such as aerospace and defense systems.

Catalysts: Samarium-based catalysts are used in various chemical reactions, including the synthesis of organic compounds. They find application in the synthesis of complex organic molecules and in the production of plastics and polymers.

Glass and Ceramics: Samarium oxide is employed in the production of specialized glass and ceramics, particularly those used in optoelectronics and solid-state lasers. These materials benefit from the unique optical properties of samarium, such as its ability to absorb certain wavelengths of light.

Laser Technology: Samarium-doped fiber lasers are used in telecommunications, remote sensing, and various industrial applications. These lasers utilize the unique energy levels of samarium ions to produce specific wavelengths of light, making them valuable in diverse technological fields.

Medical Applications: Samarium-153, a radioactive isotope of samarium, is used in radiation therapy for the treatment of certain cancers, particularly those that affect the bones. The radioactive properties of this isotope enable it to target specific cancer cells and deliver localized radiation treatment.

Alloys: Samarium can be used as an alloying element in various metal alloys, imparting specific properties such as increased strength, corrosion resistance, and improved magnetic behavior. These alloys find applications in the automotive, aerospace, and electronics industries.