White phosphorus exposed to air glows in the dark
The tetrahedral structure of P4O10 and P4S10.
A stable diphosphene, a derivative of phosphorus(I).
Robert Boyle
Guano mining in the Central Chincha Islands, ca. 1860.
Mining of phosphate rock in Nauru
Match striking surface made of a mixture of red phosphorus, glue and ground glass. The glass powder is used to increase the friction.
Phosphorus explosion

Phosphorus pentafluoride, PF5, is a phosphorus halide.

- Phosphorus pentafluoride

PCl5 and PF5 are common compounds.

- Phosphorus
White phosphorus exposed to air glows in the dark

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Phosphorus halide

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There are three series of binary phosphorus halides, containing phosphorus in the oxidation states +5, +3 and +2.

Phosphorus pentafluoride is a relatively inert gas, notable as a mild Lewis acid and a fluoride ion acceptor.