Element 66 of Periodic table is
Dysprosium with atomic number 66,
atomic weight 162.5.
Dysprosium, symbol Dy, has a
Simple Hexagonal structure and Silver color.
Dysprosium is a lanthanide element.
Know everything about Dysprosium Facts, Physical Properties, Chemical
Properties, Electronic configuration, Atomic and Crystal Structure.
Dysprosium is a chemical element with the symbol Dy and atomic number 66. It is a rare earth element with a metallic silver luster. Dysprosium is never found in nature as a free element, though it is found in various minerals, such as xenotime.
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Periodic table is arranged by atomic number, number of protons in the nucleus which is same as number of
The atomic number increases from left to right. Periodic table starts at top left ( Atomic number 1) and
ends at bottom right (atomic number 118). Therefore you can directly look for atomic number
66 to find Dysprosium on periodic table.
Another way to read periodic table and locate an element is by using group number (column)
and period number (row). To locate Dysprosium on periodic
table look for cross section of group N/A and period
6 in the modern periodic table.
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The element Dysprosium was discovered by Lecoq de Boisbaudran in year
1886 in France
derived its name from the Greek dysprositos, meaning 'hard to get'
The table below shows the abundance of Dysprosium in Universe, Sun, Meteorites,
Earth's Crust, Oceans and Human Body.
The solid state structure of Dysprosium is Simple Hexagonal.
The Crystal structure can be described in terms of its unit Cell. The unit Cells repeats itself in
dimensional space to form the structure.
The unit cell is represented in terms of its lattice parameters, which are the lengths of the cell
Lattice Constants (a, b and c)
and the angles between them Lattice Angles (alpha, beta and gamma).
The positions of the atoms inside the unit cell are described by the set of atomic positions (
xi, yi, zi) measured from a reference lattice point.
The symmetry properties of the crystal are described by the concept of space groups. All possible
symmetric arrangements of particles in three-dimensional space are described by the 230 space groups
(219 distinct types, or 230 if chiral copies are considered distinct.
Dysprosium atoms have 66 electrons and
the electronic shell structure is [2, 8, 18, 28, 8, 2] with Atomic Term Symbol (Quantum Numbers) 5I8.
Shell Structure of Dysprosium - Electrons per energy
The ground state electronic configuration of Neutral Dysprosium atom is
[Xe] 4f10 6s2.
The portion of Dysprosium configuration that is equivalent to the noble gas of
the preceding period, is abbreviated as [Xe]. For atoms with many electrons, this
notation can become lengthy and so an abbreviated notation is used.This is important as it is
the Valence electrons 4f10 6s2, electrons in
the outermost shell that determine the chemical properties of the element.
Complete ground state electronic configuration for the Dysprosium atom, Unabbreviated electronic configuration
1s2 2s2 2p6 3s2 3p6 3d10 4s2 4p6 4d10 5s2 5p6 4f10 6s2
Dysprosium atomic radius is 228 pm, while it's covalent radius is N/A.
The electron affinity of Dysprosium is 50 kJ/mol
Refer to table below for Ionization energies of Dysprosium
Refer to below table for Dysprosium Physical Properties
Dysprosium is Conductor of electricity. Refer to
below for the Electrical properties of Dysprosium
Refer to table below for Thermal properties of Dysprosium
Isotopes of rhodium. Naturally occurring Dysprosium has
7 stable isotope -
156Dy, 158Dy, 160Dy, 161Dy, 162Dy, 163Dy, 164Dy.
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