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Name: Andy
Status: student
Grade: 9-12
Location: CO
Country: N/A
Date: 4/29/2005


Question:
I am studying nuclear physics, and am pondering the question: does hydrogen have a nuclear binding energy (including tritium and deuterium)?


Replies:
You can find this discussed in the Newton archives:

http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/phy00/phy00792.htm

In addition you can find a complete table of nuclides on the web site (including binding energies). The difference between the mass of a nuclide and the sum of its protons, neutrons, and electrons, in the jargon, is referred to as the "mass defect".

http://atom.kaeri.re.kr/ton/

Vince Calder



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