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Title: Black hole spin influence on accretion disk neutrino detection

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FG02-02ER41216(GCM); SC0004786(GCM); SC0013039(RS)
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Physical Review D
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Journal Volume: 93; Journal Issue: 12; Related Information: CHORUS Timestamp: 2016-06-23 11:10:07; Journal ID: ISSN 2470-0010
American Physical Society
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United States

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Caballero, O. L., Zielinski, T., McLaughlin, G. C., and Surman, R.. Black hole spin influence on accretion disk neutrino detection. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.93.123015.
Caballero, O. L., Zielinski, T., McLaughlin, G. C., & Surman, R.. Black hole spin influence on accretion disk neutrino detection. United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.93.123015.
Caballero, O. L., Zielinski, T., McLaughlin, G. C., and Surman, R.. 2016. "Black hole spin influence on accretion disk neutrino detection". United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.93.123015.
title = {Black hole spin influence on accretion disk neutrino detection},
author = {Caballero, O. L. and Zielinski, T. and McLaughlin, G. C. and Surman, R.},
abstractNote = {},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevD.93.123015},
journal = {Physical Review D},
number = 12,
volume = 93,
place = {United States},
year = 2016,
month = 6

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