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carbon burning

(carbon fusion)
(fusion reaction starting with carbon)

Carbon burning is fusion of two carbon nuclei, which takes place in early stars, producing magnesium and oxygen. A carbon-burning shell appears in a sufficiently-massive star during a phase in the asymptotic giant branch, forming after the helium-burning shell and before the neon-burning shell (if the latter forms). Carbon burning requires a temperature on the order of 5 × 108 K.


(fusion,nuclear,reaction,nucleosynthesis,atoms,carbon)
Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon-burning_process
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stellar_evolution#Massive_stars

Referenced by pages:
alpha element
magnesium (Mg)
neon (Ne)
neon burning
nucleosynthesis
post-main-sequence star
sodium (Na)

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