The Alpha Process is defined as "one of two classes of nuclear fusion reactions by which stars convert helium into heavier elements." In the case of my Protag name I got it from a band some of my friends were in.
The band name itself was I think half my own devising. I suggested "The Alpha Rats", which I got from the novel "Metrophage" by Richard Kadrey, and which I'd used as a fictional rock group name in an unpublished novel called "Nightside".
The Alpha Process unfortunately stopped performing due to illness but I used the name in a couple of places online.
YouTube does have a couple of Alpha Process (the band) videos - search for The Alpha Process channel if you're interested.