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A Brief History of the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory Criticality Facility

David P. Heinrichs, Stephen C. Wofford

Nuclear Science and Engineering

Volume 145 / Number 2 / October 2003 / Pages 173-180


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Thousands of critical and high-multiplication subcritical experiments were performed at the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory (LRL) Critical Facility throughout the 1950s and 1960s. This paper presents a brief history of the origins of the LRL and the critical facility with a synopsis of those experiments that have been evaluated and published or will soon appear in the International Handbook of Evaluated Criticality Safety Benchmark Experiments.

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