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Title: Overview of nuclear fission - present experiments

  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), Office of Defense Programs (DP) (NA-10)
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Conference: 6th International Conference on fission and Properties of Neutron-Rich Nuclei ; 2016-11-06 - 2016-11-12 ; Sanibel Island, Florida, United States
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United States
Fission; Experiments; Neutrons; Gamma Rays; Fission Fragments; Fission Products

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Haight, Robert Cameron. Overview of nuclear fission - present experiments. United States: N. p., 2017. Web.
Haight, Robert Cameron. Overview of nuclear fission - present experiments. United States.
Haight, Robert Cameron. Wed . "Overview of nuclear fission - present experiments". United States. doi:.
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