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Why does the binding energy curve of Fig rise so fast for the light nuclei but fall off so slowly for the heavy nuclei?

B
(MeV)
A
56Fe
4"Ca
160
12C.
197 Au 20sPb
Ne
He 14N
SHe
2
A
200
80
120
160
40
Mass number
Binding energy per nucleon
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B (MeV) A 56Fe 4"Ca 160 12C. 197 Au 20sPb Ne He 14N SHe 2 A 200 80 120 160 40 Mass number Binding energy per nucleon