IYPT 2019 Elements 062: Samarium: Guitar pickups and rock dating

Element 62 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is samarium. Samarium is found in guitar pick-ups and can also be used to date rocks and meteorites. Samarium is distinguished in that it was technically the first element to be named after a person, albeit indirectly. It’s named after the mineral samarskite, from […]


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