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Description : A soft, gold-coloured metal that is quickly attacked by air and reacts explosively in
Description :
A soft, gold-coloured metal that
is quickly attacked by air and
reacts explosively in water. It is
used in industry as a catalyst
promoter, to make special glass,
and in radiation monitoring
equipment. The ‘caesium clock’
(atomic clock) is the standard
measure of time: the electron
resonance frequency of the
caesium atom is 9,192,631,770
cycles per second.
Discovered: 1860 by
R. Bunsen and G. R.
Kirchhoff in
Heidelberg, Germany
Origin: The name is
derived from the
Latin caesius, ‘sky
blue’