I wanted to know whether the bombarding a particle to transmute it into another particle releases or absorbs energy. For eg, I wanted to know specifically for O-17 formation:
I found a question which said that the mass defect of this reaction is negative so energy is in fact taken in. But O-17 is heavier than N-14 and my own calculations show that the mass defect of Nitrogen is 0.1039 AMU and mass defect of Oxygen-17 is 0.1358 AMU. In this case, I have studied that since the resultant nucleus has a higher mass defect, the binding energy is higher -- which is released during formation and there is a net energy release. Is this true or not? Or is this reaction endothermic?