neutron capture

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neutron capture

[′nü‚trän ‚kap·chər]
(nuclear physics)
A process in which the collision of a neutron with a nucleus results in the absorption of the neutron into the nucleus with the emission of one or more prompt gamma rays; in certain cases, beta decay or fission of the nucleus results. Also known as neutron absorption; neutron radiative capture.