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Title: Metal hydrides as pulsed neutron source moderators and reflectors.


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Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
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USDOE Office of Science (SC)
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TRN: US201015%%1226
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Conference: 18th Meeting of the International Collaboration on Advanced Neutron Sources ( ICANS-XVIII); Apr. 25, 2007 - Apr. 29, 2007; Dongguan, China
Country of Publication:
United States

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Micklich, B. J., Carpenter, J. M., and Intense Pulsed Neutron Source. Metal hydrides as pulsed neutron source moderators and reflectors.. United States: N. p., 2007. Web.
Micklich, B. J., Carpenter, J. M., & Intense Pulsed Neutron Source. Metal hydrides as pulsed neutron source moderators and reflectors.. United States.
Micklich, B. J., Carpenter, J. M., and Intense Pulsed Neutron Source. Mon . "Metal hydrides as pulsed neutron source moderators and reflectors.". United States. doi:.
title = {Metal hydrides as pulsed neutron source moderators and reflectors.},
author = {Micklich, B. J. and Carpenter, J. M. and Intense Pulsed Neutron Source},
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year = {Mon Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2007},
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