proton capture

proton capture

[′prō‚tän ′kap·chər]
(nuclear physics)
A nuclear reaction in which a proton combines with a nucleus.
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Proton capture Probably occurs in supernovae, but (p-process) creates very little of other elements.
Here carbon acts as a catalyst in the production of helium and energy through a sequence of proton captures that yields nitrogen and oxygen along the way, as illustrated above.
When a proton captures a neutron to create a nucleus of deuterium, the interaction releases energy in the form of gamma rays.