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Title: Shaping X-Ray Pulses at LCLS - Oral Presentation

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SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
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USDOE Office of Science (SC)
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Technical Report
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United States

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West, Gavin. Shaping X-Ray Pulses at LCLS - Oral Presentation. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.2172/1213173.
West, Gavin. Shaping X-Ray Pulses at LCLS - Oral Presentation. United States. doi:10.2172/1213173.
West, Gavin. 2015. "Shaping X-Ray Pulses at LCLS - Oral Presentation". United States. doi:10.2172/1213173.
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