A neutron generator uses an α\alpha source, such as radium, to bombard beryllium, inducing the reaction 4He+9Be12C+n^4\textrm{He}+{}^9\textrm{Be} \to {}^{12}\mathrm{C} + n. Such neutron sources are called RaBe sources, or PuBe sources if they use plutonium to get the α\alphas. Calculate the energy output of the reaction in MeV.
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5.701 MeV5.701\textrm{ MeV}

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