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Title: Revisiting Nuclear Fission Data for Nonproliferation Applications

  1. Los Alamos National Laboratory
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Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
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Conference: Advances in Nuclear Nonproliferation Technology & Policy Conference ; 2016-09-26 - 2016-09-30 ; Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
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United States
Atomic and Nuclear Physics

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Talou, Patrick. Revisiting Nuclear Fission Data for Nonproliferation Applications. United States: N. p., 2016. Web.
Talou, Patrick. Revisiting Nuclear Fission Data for Nonproliferation Applications. United States.
Talou, Patrick. 2016. "Revisiting Nuclear Fission Data for Nonproliferation Applications". United States. doi:.
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