In this first tutorial from our nuclear repo, we take an introductory look at the energy inside nuclei by collecting and visualising the latest nuclear “binding energy” data from international labs. By playing around with these energy tables, we are able to answer quesions relating to well known as well as hypothetical nuclear reactions. In particular we focus on alpha decay and ask
what does it take for alpha decay to happen spontaneously from an energy conservation perspective?
can we force alpha decay upon a nucleas by giving it enough energy?