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Erbium(III) fluoride is an important colorant in glass manufacturing and porcelain enamel glazes. It is used to produce erbium metal. It is used as dopant in making optical products. It is highly employed as erbium doped fluoride fibers in optical communications.
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Masuda, Hiroji; Kanagawa; Kawai, S.; Suzuki; Ken-Ichi; Aida K. Ultrawide 75-nm 3-dB gain-band optical amplification with erbium-doped fluoride fiber amplifiers and distributed Raman amplifiers. Photonics Technology Letters. 1998, 10 516 - 518.
Hazard Statements: H315-H319-H335
Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause respiratory irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P261-P280a-P305+P351+P338-P304+P340-P405-P501a
Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Wear protective gloves and eye/face protection. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. IF INHALED: Remove to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing. Store locked up. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.