What Would Happen to the Elements in the Human Body If Teleported to the Sun?

In summary, the human body is made up of mostly oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, carbon, calcium, and phosphorus. Less than 1% is sulfur, potassium, sodium, chlorine, and magnesium. Elements that would cease to exist without any trace (or would there be a trace?) are sulfur, potassium, and sodium. Elements that would become part of the sun are oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, carbon, calcium, and phosphorus.
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The human body is made up of mostly oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, carbon, calcium, and phosphorus. Less than 1% is sulfur, potassium, sodium, chlorine, and magnesium.

If a human body was teleported to the surface of the sun, what would happen to these elements? Which ones would cease to exist without any trace (or would there be a trace?) and which ones would become part of the sun?
 
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Short Term:
Since your list is of Elements, they would all still exist. They may become ionized (lose 1 or more electrons) though.

Long Term:
Over the life of the Sun some would likely be permuted (add or lose Protons) into other elements.

I'll leave the important details to the astrophysics experts here.
 
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Which ones would cease to exist without any trace (or would there be a trace?) and which ones would become part of the sun?
The human body would be vaporised, and then become part of the plasma. All structure would be lost, all atoms untraceable.

All the listed elements are present in the Sun as part of cyclic element transmutations.
That is evidenced by the presence of Fraunhofer lines in the spectrum.
See this page for details of elemental analysis of the Sun.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraunhofer_lines
 
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The human body is made up of mostly oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, carbon, calcium, and phosphorus. Less than 1% is sulfur, potassium, sodium, chlorine, and magnesium.

If a human body was teleported to the surface of the sun, what would happen to these elements? Which ones would cease to exist without any trace (or would there be a trace?) and which ones would become part of the sun?
The elements would still exist.
The photosphere should not have enough energy available for transmutation to any appreciable degree.

In case you are wondering,
http://spiff.rit.edu/classes/phys301/lectures/comp/comp.html
about ionization, and what equations to study.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saha_ionization_equation
https://www-users.cse.umn.edu/~kd/Ast4001-2015/NOTES/n052-saha-bradt.pdf
and you can carry on from there.
 
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