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Title: Electron density and gas density measurements in a millimeter-wave discharge

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1287753
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FC02-93ER54186
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Journal Article: Publisher's Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physics of Plasmas
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 23; Journal Issue: 8; Related Information: CHORUS Timestamp: 2016-12-26 03:07:01; Journal ID: ISSN 1070-664X
Publisher:
American Institute of Physics
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

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Schaub, S. C., Hummelt, J. S., Guss, W. C., Shapiro, M. A., and Temkin, R. J. Electron density and gas density measurements in a millimeter-wave discharge. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1063/1.4959171.
Schaub, S. C., Hummelt, J. S., Guss, W. C., Shapiro, M. A., & Temkin, R. J. Electron density and gas density measurements in a millimeter-wave discharge. United States. doi:10.1063/1.4959171.
Schaub, S. C., Hummelt, J. S., Guss, W. C., Shapiro, M. A., and Temkin, R. J. 2016. "Electron density and gas density measurements in a millimeter-wave discharge". United States. doi:10.1063/1.4959171.
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title = {Electron density and gas density measurements in a millimeter-wave discharge},
author = {Schaub, S. C. and Hummelt, J. S. and Guss, W. C. and Shapiro, M. A. and Temkin, R. J.},
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doi = {10.1063/1.4959171},
journal = {Physics of Plasmas},
number = 8,
volume = 23,
place = {United States},
year = 2016,
month = 8
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