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Binding energy per nucleon as function of the nuclear mass
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Binding Energy

A plot of the binding energy per nucleon vs. atomic mass shows a peak atomic number 56 (Iron). Elements with atomic mass less then 56 release energy if formed as a result of a fusion reaction. Above this threshold in order to release energy a fission reaction must occur.


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