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Title: Neutron – Gamma Scintillation Detector for Emergency Response

  1. Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc., Watertown, MA (United States)
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Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc., Watertown, MA (United States)
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USDOE Office of Science (SC)
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36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 61 RADIATION PROTECTION AND DOSIMETRY; 46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; Scintillator; neutron detection; special nuclear materials; high resolution gamma ray spectroscopy

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Gueorguiev, Andrey. Neutron – Gamma Scintillation Detector for Emergency Response. United States: N. p., 2017. Web.
Gueorguiev, Andrey. Neutron – Gamma Scintillation Detector for Emergency Response. United States.
Gueorguiev, Andrey. Wed . "Neutron – Gamma Scintillation Detector for Emergency Response". United States. doi:.
title = {Neutron – Gamma Scintillation Detector for Emergency Response},
author = {Gueorguiev, Andrey},
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place = {United States},
year = {Wed Apr 12 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Wed Apr 12 00:00:00 EDT 2017}

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