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Two helium 4 nuclei combine to the radioactive beryllium 8 which rapidly decays back into two helium nuclei.

However, if there is a sufficiently high helium 4 flux and the temperature is high enough, a helium nucleus can be captured to give carbon 12.

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Interaction, Reaction, Process defined as:
Nuclear Chemistry: Nucleosynthesis Reaction
Nuclear Chemistry: Triple Alpha Process

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