Monthly Archives: March 2014

How does the Sun shine? (Part 1: Chemistry)

In this article series, I am going to retrace the history of astronomy/astrophysics in trying to answer the question of how is the energy radiated from the Sun being produced? Even if this question can be traced back to ancient … Continue reading

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The Relationship between Nuclear Stability and the Neutron-to-Proton Ratio

In a previous article on the weak force and beta decays, I have used but not really explained the concept of stable isotopes. I think this deserve a separate article in order to be more clear about what kind of … Continue reading

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Calculate the binding energy of Iron/Fe 56

As we have seen in a previous article, 56Fe is among the nuclides with one of the highest binding energy per nucleon (The highest is 62Ni which was not on the chart, see note below) but How was it determined? … Continue reading

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