Curve of Binding Energy Gamowtal Deutsches Museum
Nuclear binding energy Nuclear binding energy
Lowest atomic number (hydrogen) in foreground
Example deuterium = 2.224 MeV
"... atomic binding energy is simply the amount of energy (and mass) released, when a collection of free nucleons are joined together to form a nucleus. All nuclei which last long enough to be weighed, are measurably lighter than a corresponding collection of free protons and neutrons."
Model from George Gamow
This is a great way to view nuclear binding energy, very creative exhibit.