I Inelastic vs. neutron capture

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For neutron inelastic interaction, the nucleus de-excites by emitting gamma-rays or charged particles. However, for neutron capture, the nucleus de-excites by emitting gamma-rays only. Why does the nucleus in the neutron capture interaction de-excite by only emitting gamma-rays? why not by emitting gamma ray and charged particles like inelastic?

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Are you sure you haven't switched the outcomes?
 
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Sometimes there is not enough energy to eject a proton. Even if there is enough energy it is random if a proton is emitted or not.
 

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