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Title: Simulation of cargo container interrogation by D-D neutrons.


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 [1];  [2]
  1. (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, CA)
  2. (Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA)
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Conference: Proposed for presentation at the Mathematics & Computing + Supercomputing in Nuclear Applications held April 15-19, 2007 in Monterey, CA.
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United States

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Lou, Tak Pui, and Antolak, Arlyn J. Simulation of cargo container interrogation by D-D neutrons.. United States: N. p., 2007. Web.
Lou, Tak Pui, & Antolak, Arlyn J. Simulation of cargo container interrogation by D-D neutrons.. United States.
Lou, Tak Pui, and Antolak, Arlyn J. Mon . "Simulation of cargo container interrogation by D-D neutrons.". United States. doi:.
title = {Simulation of cargo container interrogation by D-D neutrons.},
author = {Lou, Tak Pui and Antolak, Arlyn J.},
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place = {United States},
year = {Mon Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2007},
month = {Mon Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2007}

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