14 Jun 2019

Holmium - obscure, but an important surgical laser

From Elemental, 8:00 am on 14 June 2019

The obscure element holmium is a lanthanoid with interesting magnetic properties.

Named after the city of Stockholm (from Holmia, the Latin name for Stockholm) holmium finds use as a MRI magnet and in Ho:YAG lasers, which are homium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet lasers.

These precise surgical lasers have been described as the Swiss Army knife of lasers, says Professor Allan Blackman from AUT.

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Professor Allan Blackman is at Auckland University of Technology.