Explosive Properties of Reactor-Grade Plutonium

  title={Explosive Properties of Reactor-Grade Plutonium},
  author={Joseph C. Mark and Frank von Hippel and Edwin Lyman},
  journal={Science \& Global Security},
  pages={170 - 185}
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