Caesium iodide


Caesium iodide or cesium iodide (chemical formula CsI) is the ionic compound of caesium and iodine. It is often used as the input phosphor of an X-ray image intensifier tube found in fluoroscopy equipment. Caesium iodide photocathodes are highly efficient at extreme ultraviolet wavelengths.[7]

Caesium iodide
Caesium iodide
CsI crystal
Kristall-CsI(Tl) mit Skala.jpg
Scintillating CsI crystal
CsCl polyhedra.png
Crystal structure
IUPAC name
Caesium iodide
Other names
Cesium iodide
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3D model (JSmol)
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EC Number
  • 232-145-2
  • 24601
RTECS number
  • FL0350000
  • U1P3GVC56L
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  • InChI=1S/Cs.HI/h;1H/q+1;/p-1 checkY
  • InChI=1/Cs.HI/h;1H/q+1;/p-1
  • [Cs+].[I-]
Molar mass 259.809 g/mol[2]
Appearance white crystalline solid
Density 4.51 g/cm3[2]
Melting point 632 °C (1,170 °F; 905 K)[2]
Boiling point 1,280 °C (2,340 °F; 1,550 K)[2]
848 g/L (25 °C)[2]
-82.6·10−6 cm3/mol[3]
1.9790 (0.3 µm)
1.7873 (0.59 µm)
1.7694 (0.75 µm)
1.7576 (1 µm)
1.7428 (5 µm)
1.7280 (20 µm)[4]
CsCl, cP2
Pm3m, No. 221[5]
a = 0.4503 nm
0.0913 nm3
Cubic (Cs+)
Cubic (I)
52.8 J/mol·K[6]
123.1 J/mol·K[6]
−346.6 kJ/mol[6]
-340.6 kJ/mol[6]
GHS labelling:
GHS07: Exclamation markGHS08: Health hazardGHS09: Environmental hazard
H315, H317, H319, H335
P201, P202, P261, P264, P270, P271, P272, P273, P280, P281, P301+P312, P302+P352, P304+P340, P305+P351+P338, P308+P313, P312, P321, P330, P332+P313, P333+P313, P337+P313, P362, P363, P391, P403+P233, P405, P501
Flash point Non-flammable
Lethal dose or concentration (LD, LC):
2386 mg/kg (oral, rat)[1]
Related compounds
Other anions
Caesium fluoride
Caesium chloride
Caesium bromide
Caesium astatide
Other cations
Lithium iodide
Sodium iodide
Potassium iodide
Rubidium iodide
Francium iodide
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Infobox references

Synthesis and structureEdit

Monatomic caesium halide wires grown inside double-wall carbon nanotubes.[8]

Bulk caesium iodide crystals have the cubic CsCl crystal structure, but the structure type of nanometer-thin CsI films depends on the substrate material – it is CsCl for mica and NaCl for LiF, NaBr and NaCl substrates.[9]

Caesium iodide atomic chains can be grown inside double-wall carbon nanotubes. In such chains I atoms appear brighter than Cs atoms in electron micrographs despite having a smaller mass. This difference was explained by the charge difference between Cs atoms (positive), inner nanotube walls (negative) and I atoms (negative). As a result, Cs atoms are attracted to the walls and vibrate more strongly than I atoms, which are pushed toward the nanotube axis.[8]


Solubility of Csl in water[10]
Т (°C) 0 10 20 25 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100
S (wt%) 30.9 37.2 43.2 45.9 48.6 53.3 57.3 60.7 63.6 65.9 67.7 69.2


An important application of caesium iodide crystals, which are scintillators, is electromagnetic calorimetry in experimental particle physics. Pure CsI is a fast and dense scintillating material with relatively low light yield that increases significantly with cooling.[11] It shows two main emission components: one in the near ultraviolet region at the wavelength of 310 nm and one at 460 nm. The drawbacks of CsI are a high temperature gradient and a slight hygroscopicity.

Caesium iodide is used as a beamsplitter in Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometers. It has a wider transmission range than the more common potassium bromide beamsplitters, working range into the far infrared. However, optical-quality CsI crystals are very soft and hard to cleave or polish. They should also be coated (typically with germanium) and stored in a desiccator, to minimize interaction with atmospheric water vapors.[12]

In addition to image intensifier input phosphors, caesium iodide is often also used in medicine as the scintillating material in flat panel x-ray detectors.[13]


  1. ^ a b Cesium iodide. U.S. National Library of Medicine
  2. ^ a b c d e Haynes, p. 4.57
  3. ^ Haynes, p. 4.132
  4. ^ Haynes, p. 10.240
  5. ^ Huang, Tzuen-Luh; Ruoff, Arthur L. (1984). "Equation of state and high-pressure phase transition of CsI". Physical Review B. 29 (2): 1112. Bibcode:1984PhRvB..29.1112H. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.29.1112.
  6. ^ a b c d Haynes, p. 5.10
  7. ^ Kowalski, M. P.; Fritz, G. G.; Cruddace, R. G.; Unzicker, A. E.; Swanson, N. (1986). "Quantum efficiency of cesium iodide photocathodes at soft x-ray and extreme ultraviolet wavelengths". Applied Optics. 25 (14): 2440. Bibcode:1986ApOpt..25.2440K. doi:10.1364/AO.25.002440. PMID 18231513.
  8. ^ a b Senga, Ryosuke; Komsa, Hannu-Pekka; Liu, Zheng; Hirose-Takai, Kaori; Krasheninnikov, Arkady V.; Suenaga, Kazu (2014). "Atomic structure and dynamic behaviour of truly one-dimensional ionic chains inside carbon nanotubes". Nature Materials. 13 (11): 1050–4. Bibcode:2014NatMa..13.1050S. doi:10.1038/nmat4069. PMID 25218060.
  9. ^ Schulz, L. G. (1951). "Polymorphism of cesium and thallium halides". Acta Crystallographica. 4 (6): 487–489. doi:10.1107/S0365110X51001641.
  10. ^ Haynes, p. 5.191
  11. ^ Mikhailik, V.; Kapustyanyk, V.; Tsybulskyi, V.; Rudyk, V.; Kraus, H. (2015). "Luminescence and scintillation properties of CsI: A potential cryogenic scintillator". Physica Status Solidi B. 252 (4): 804–810. arXiv:1411.6246. Bibcode:2015PSSBR.252..804M. doi:10.1002/pssb.201451464. S2CID 118668972.
  12. ^ Sun, Da-Wen (2009). Infrared Spectroscopy for Food Quality Analysis and Control. Academic Press. pp. 158–. ISBN 978-0-08-092087-0.
  13. ^ Lança, Luís; Silva, Augusto (2012). "Digital Radiography Detectors: A Technical Overview" (PDF). Digital Imaging Systems for Plain Radiography. Springer. doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-5067-2_2. hdl:10400.21/1932. ISBN 978-1-4614-5066-5.

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