Definition of ytterbium
: a soft metallic element of the rare-earth group that occurs especially with other rare earth elements in minerals and that has few commercial uses — see element table
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To create the time crystals, researchers at University of Maryland hooked together 10 ytterbium atoms and hit them with two lasers multiple times to keep them out of equilibrium.
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Origin and Etymology of ytterbium
New Latin, from Ytterby, town in southern Sweden
First Known Use: 1879See Words from the same year
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