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The average binding energy

  1. Dec 13, 2004 #1
    Why is the average binding energy of iron is biggest?
    Are there some theories about it?
  2. jcsd
  3. Dec 18, 2004 #2
  4. Dec 18, 2004 #3
    Summary: smaller nuclei have relatively more nucleons on the surface (these are not bound by neighbours on all sides), and larger nuclei have a stronger Coulomb repulsion. There has to be a maximum somewhere, and this happens to be at iron.
  5. Dec 22, 2004 #4
    Thank you.
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