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Chapter 4

Iron

Iron starts life in the stars, without an electron shell. There it constitutes the heaviest nucleus whose production by the fusion of smaller nuclei still releases energy. The binding energy per proton and neutron has its shallow maximum in iron: the formation of all heavier elements costs energy. T...

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Print publication date
28 Oct 2009
Copyright year
2009
Print ISBN
978-0-85404-166-4
PDF eISBN
978-1-84755-984-5