Radioactive decay

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Comment by NucEuler on April 7th, 2016 at 7:35 pm

In the page “Radioactive Decay,” section “Occurrence,” the following phrase appears:

“The iron nucleus, which is the end result of regular thermonuclear burning of stars, has the least binding energy of any atomic nucleus”

The iron nucleus – specifically Fe-56 – has the highest binding energy per nucleon; in addition, the lithium-7 certainly has less absolute binding energy in its nucleus. This statement seems to be in error.

Comment by Jennifer Tanabe on April 8th, 2016 at 1:26 pm

Thank you for your feedback. The article will be revised to remove that confusion.

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