Safeguards Analysis of material Flows in a Gas Centrifuge Plant

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Safeguards Analysis of material Flows in a Gas Centrifuge Plant. / Cleary, Ciaran; van der Meer, Klaas (Peer reviewer).

Dublin, Ireland : Trinity College Dublin, 2009. 30 p.

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Cleary, C & van der Meer, K 2009, 'Safeguards Analysis of material Flows in a Gas Centrifuge Plant', TCD - Trinity College Dublin - University of Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.

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