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Title: Development of the quantum seal.


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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 SECANT Grand Challenge LDRD EAB held September 20-21, 2016 in Albuquerque, NM.
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United States

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Sarovar, Mohan. Development of the quantum seal.. United States: N. p., 2016. Web.
Sarovar, Mohan. Development of the quantum seal.. United States.
Sarovar, Mohan. 2016. "Development of the quantum seal.". United States. doi:.
title = {Development of the quantum seal.},
author = {Sarovar, Mohan},
abstractNote = {Abstract not provided.},
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journal = {},
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place = {United States},
year = 2016,
month = 9

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