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Title: In-Situ TEM Self Ion Irradiation and Thermal Aging of Zirconium Alloys.


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Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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Conference: Proposed for presentation at the Microscopy and Microanlysis held July 24-28, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio.
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Muntifering, Brittany R, Hattar, Khalid Mikhiel, Dingreville, Remi Philippe Michel, and Qu, Jianmin. In-Situ TEM Self Ion Irradiation and Thermal Aging of Zirconium Alloys.. United States: N. p., 2016. Web.
Muntifering, Brittany R, Hattar, Khalid Mikhiel, Dingreville, Remi Philippe Michel, & Qu, Jianmin. In-Situ TEM Self Ion Irradiation and Thermal Aging of Zirconium Alloys.. United States.
Muntifering, Brittany R, Hattar, Khalid Mikhiel, Dingreville, Remi Philippe Michel, and Qu, Jianmin. 2016. "In-Situ TEM Self Ion Irradiation and Thermal Aging of Zirconium Alloys.". United States. doi:.
title = {In-Situ TEM Self Ion Irradiation and Thermal Aging of Zirconium Alloys.},
author = {Muntifering, Brittany R and Hattar, Khalid Mikhiel and Dingreville, Remi Philippe Michel and Qu, Jianmin},
abstractNote = {Abstract not provided.},
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place = {United States},
year = 2016,
month = 7

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