Tantalum Micron Powder
Tantalum is a chemical element whose symbol is "Ta", has the atomic number 73 and an atomic weight of 180,948u. It belongs to the elements of the fifth group of the periodic table and also to the transition elements 5d. It has oxidation states of IV, III and II. It was discovered in 1802 by Anders Gustaf Ekeberg, a Swedish chemist who initially believed that tantalum and niobium were the same elements, a doubt that was later cleared by Jean Charles Gallisard in 1866. It is a transition metal, with a shiny gray and metallic color with bluish hues, it is ductile, hard and has resistance to corrosion. Its most common use is in the manufacture of various alloys, capacitors for electronic equipment, smoke detectors, civil band radios, pacemakers for heart patients, as well as in the manufacture of electrolytic capacitors and parts for vacuum furnaces. Less frequently it is used for the construction of nuclear reactors, aircraft, equipment for chemical processes and for missile parts.