Why is silver halide used in photography?
The light sensitivity of the silver halides is key to the photographic process. Tiny crystals of all three of these compounds are used in making photographic film. When exposed to light, a chemical reaction darkens the film to produce an image.
Silver has also been used to create coins, although today other metals are typically used in its place. Sterling silver, an alloy containing 92.5% silver, is used to make silverware, jewelry and other decorative items. High capacity batteries can be made with silver and zinc and silver and cadmium.
- Mercury can be used to make thermometers, barometers and other scientific instruments. Mercury conducts electricity and is used to make silent, position dependent switches. Mercury vapor is used in streetlights, fluorescent lamps and advertising signs.
- Most studies agree gold is overall the more rare of the two metals; however, above ground silver is actually more rare than gold. Estimates report gold is 5-7x more abundant above ground than silver. To date, over 1.5 million tonnes of silver have been mined.
- A cubic foot of iron would weigh 491 lb. A cubic foot of copper would weigh 559 lb. Silver is even denser than copper, at 655 lb for a cubic foot. Gold is really heavy at 1206 lb for a cubic foot.
Silver bromide (AgBr), a soft, pale-yellow, water-insoluble salt well known (along with other silver halides) for its unusual sensitivity to light. AgBr is widely used in photographic films and is believed by some to have been used for making the Shroud of Turin.
- Silver bromide (AgBr), a soft, pale-yellow, water-insoluble salt well known (along with other silver halides) for its unusual sensitivity to light. AgBr is widely used in photographic films and is believed by some to have been used for making the Shroud of Turin.
- Silver chloride, silver bromide (AgBr) and silver iodide (AgI) are the three silver "halide" compounds used in photography. The halide elements include fluorine (F), chlorine (Cl), bromine (Br) and iodine (I).
- Photographic emulsion is a light-sensitive colloid used in film-based photography. The emulsion is usually coated onto a substrate of glass, films (of cellulose nitrate, cellulose acetate or polyester), paper, or fabric.
Updated: 19th September 2018