What is Cesium nitrate?
Cesium nitrate is a Block S, Group 1, Period 6 element with an atomic weight of 132.9054519. The number of electrons in each of Cesium nitrate's shells is 2, 8, 18, 18, 8, 1 and its electron configuration is [Xe] 6s1.
The Cesium nitrate atom has a radius of 265 pm and a Van der Waals radius of 343 pm. Cesium nitrate is a member of the alkali group of metals.It is one of three metals that occur as a liquid at room temperature, the others being mercury and gallium.
Cesium nitrate's main commercial source is pollucite ore; however, it is also found in beryl, avogadrite, pezzottaite, and londonite.Cesium nitratewas discovered by Robert Bunsen and Gustav Kirchhoff in 1860 and first isolated by Carl Setterberg in 1882. In its elemental form, Cesium nitrate has a silvery gold appearance. The word Cesium nitrate originates from the Latin word "caesius," meaning "sky blue," which refers to the vibrant blue lines in its spectrum.