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Title: Drivers for Low Cost, Ultra-Compact, Epithermal Neutron Sources for BNCT

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Science Research Laboratory, Inc.
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USDOE - Office of Energy Research (ER)
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07 ISOTOPES AND RADIATION SOURCES; 42 ENGINEERING; neutron source, compact power supply, BNCT, TNAA

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Rodney Petr. Drivers for Low Cost, Ultra-Compact, Epithermal Neutron Sources for BNCT. United States: N. p., 2006. Web.
Rodney Petr. Drivers for Low Cost, Ultra-Compact, Epithermal Neutron Sources for BNCT. United States.
Rodney Petr. Wed . "Drivers for Low Cost, Ultra-Compact, Epithermal Neutron Sources for BNCT". United States. doi:.
title = {Drivers for Low Cost, Ultra-Compact, Epithermal Neutron Sources for BNCT},
author = {Rodney Petr},
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place = {United States},
year = {Wed Mar 22 00:00:00 EST 2006},
month = {Wed Mar 22 00:00:00 EST 2006}

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