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Title: The Fermilab neutrino beam program


This talk presents an overview of the Fermilab Neutrino Beam Program. Results from completed experiments as well as the status and outlook for current experiments is given. Emphasis is given to current activities towards planning for a future program.

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Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)
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Journal Name: AIP Conf.Proc.944:35-43,2007; Conference: Prepared for Workshop on Next Generation Nucleon Decay and Neutrino Detectors 2006 (NNN06 / Seattle), Seattle, Washington, 21-23 Sep 2006
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United States

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Rameika, Regina A., and /Fermilab. The Fermilab neutrino beam program. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.1063/1.2818546.
Rameika, Regina A., & /Fermilab. The Fermilab neutrino beam program. United States. doi:10.1063/1.2818546.
Rameika, Regina A., and /Fermilab. Mon . "The Fermilab neutrino beam program". United States. doi:10.1063/1.2818546.
title = {The Fermilab neutrino beam program},
author = {Rameika, Regina A. and /Fermilab},
abstractNote = {This talk presents an overview of the Fermilab Neutrino Beam Program. Results from completed experiments as well as the status and outlook for current experiments is given. Emphasis is given to current activities towards planning for a future program.},
doi = {10.1063/1.2818546},
journal = {AIP Conf.Proc.944:35-43,2007},
number = ,
volume = ,
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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