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Title: Remote Area Modular Monitoring (RAMM) for Nuclear and Radiological Facilities

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Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
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USDOE Office of Environmental Management
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Conference: 2015 American Nuclear Society Annual Meeting , 06/07/15 - 06/11/15, San Antonio, TX, US
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United States

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Tsai, Han-Chung, Craig, Brian A., Liu, Yung Y., and Shuler, J. Remote Area Modular Monitoring (RAMM) for Nuclear and Radiological Facilities. United States: N. p., 2015. Web.
Tsai, Han-Chung, Craig, Brian A., Liu, Yung Y., & Shuler, J. Remote Area Modular Monitoring (RAMM) for Nuclear and Radiological Facilities. United States.
Tsai, Han-Chung, Craig, Brian A., Liu, Yung Y., and Shuler, J. 2015. "Remote Area Modular Monitoring (RAMM) for Nuclear and Radiological Facilities". United States. doi:.
title = {Remote Area Modular Monitoring (RAMM) for Nuclear and Radiological Facilities},
author = {Tsai, Han-Chung and Craig, Brian A. and Liu, Yung Y. and Shuler, J},
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