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Title: Bounding Nuclear Data Fission Observables


This presentation describes the goal and aims of the bounding nuclear fission project.

  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
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Technical Report
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United States

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Neudecker, Denise. Bounding Nuclear Data Fission Observables. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.2172/1392780.
Neudecker, Denise. Bounding Nuclear Data Fission Observables. United States. doi:10.2172/1392780.
Neudecker, Denise. 2017. "Bounding Nuclear Data Fission Observables". United States. doi:10.2172/1392780.
title = {Bounding Nuclear Data Fission Observables},
author = {Neudecker, Denise},
abstractNote = {This presentation describes the goal and aims of the bounding nuclear fission project.},
doi = {10.2172/1392780},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = 2017,
month = 9

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