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Title: Advanced Conductor Development with High Temperature Superconductors and Carbon Nanotubes


This is a report that describes advanced conductor research performed by LANL in preparation for the Colloquia at the University of New Mexico.

  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Holesinger, Terry George. Advanced Conductor Development with High Temperature Superconductors and Carbon Nanotubes. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.2172/1226132.
Holesinger, Terry George. Advanced Conductor Development with High Temperature Superconductors and Carbon Nanotubes. United States. doi:10.2172/1226132.
Holesinger, Terry George. Tue . "Advanced Conductor Development with High Temperature Superconductors and Carbon Nanotubes". United States. doi:10.2172/1226132.
title = {Advanced Conductor Development with High Temperature Superconductors and Carbon Nanotubes},
author = {Holesinger, Terry George},
abstractNote = {This is a report that describes advanced conductor research performed by LANL in preparation for the Colloquia at the University of New Mexico.},
doi = {10.2172/1226132},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {Tue Nov 17 00:00:00 EST 2015},
month = {Tue Nov 17 00:00:00 EST 2015}

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