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Title: Synthesis of Sn-Loaded Plastic Scintillators.


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Sandia National Lab. (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States)
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USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
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Conference: Proposed for presentation at the Sandia Intern Symposium.
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United States

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Feist, John, and Feng, Patrick L. Synthesis of Sn-Loaded Plastic Scintillators.. United States: N. p., 2016. Web.
Feist, John, & Feng, Patrick L. Synthesis of Sn-Loaded Plastic Scintillators.. United States.
Feist, John, and Feng, Patrick L. Fri . "Synthesis of Sn-Loaded Plastic Scintillators.". United States. doi:.
title = {Synthesis of Sn-Loaded Plastic Scintillators.},
author = {Feist, John and Feng, Patrick L},
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place = {United States},
year = {Fri Jul 01 00:00:00 EDT 2016},
month = {Fri Jul 01 00:00:00 EDT 2016}

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