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Curve of Binding Energy Gamowtal Deutsches Museum | by brewbooks
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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.

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Taken on May 28, 2006