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Title: Radioactive Sources and Control (Lesson 5).


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Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
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Conference: Proposed for presentation at the Practical Workshop on Radiological Emergency Response held April 29 - May 3, 2007 in Amman, Jordan.
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United States

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Thomson, Brian C., and Hadley, Marvin G.. Radioactive Sources and Control (Lesson 5).. United States: N. p., 2007. Web.
Thomson, Brian C., & Hadley, Marvin G.. Radioactive Sources and Control (Lesson 5).. United States.
Thomson, Brian C., and Hadley, Marvin G.. Sun . "Radioactive Sources and Control (Lesson 5).". United States. doi:.
title = {Radioactive Sources and Control (Lesson 5).},
author = {Thomson, Brian C. and Hadley, Marvin G.},
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place = {United States},
year = {Sun Apr 01 00:00:00 EDT 2007},
month = {Sun Apr 01 00:00:00 EDT 2007}

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