What Is Barium Phosphide?

Barium phosphide is a chemical compound represented by the formula Ba3P2, indicating that a single molecule of barium phosphide is composed of three atoms of barium and two atoms of phorphorous. It is manufactured for industrial use in the production of lasers.

Barium phosphide is a darkly colored, crystalline solid with a molar mass of about 473.92 grams per mole. It can be produced through a reaction involving strontium phosphide. Barium phosphide also goes by the name tribarium diphosphide. Each atom of barium in the compound has an atomic mass of 137.32 grams per mole, while each atom of phosphorous has an atomic mass of 30.97 grams per mole.