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Title: Picosecond laser filamentation in air

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OSTI ID: 1315844
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AC52-07NA27344; 2015-056129; 2016-057594
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Journal Article: Published Article
Journal Name:
New Journal of Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 18; Journal Issue: 9; Related Information: CHORUS Timestamp: 2017-06-24 17:53:37; Journal ID: ISSN 1367-2630
IOP Publishing
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United Kingdom

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Schmitt-Sody, Andreas, Kurz, Heiko G., Bergé, Luc, Skupin, Stefan, and Polynkin, Pavel. Picosecond laser filamentation in air. United Kingdom: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1088/1367-2630/18/9/093005.
Schmitt-Sody, Andreas, Kurz, Heiko G., Bergé, Luc, Skupin, Stefan, & Polynkin, Pavel. Picosecond laser filamentation in air. United Kingdom. doi:10.1088/1367-2630/18/9/093005.
Schmitt-Sody, Andreas, Kurz, Heiko G., Bergé, Luc, Skupin, Stefan, and Polynkin, Pavel. Thu . "Picosecond laser filamentation in air". United Kingdom. doi:10.1088/1367-2630/18/9/093005.
title = {Picosecond laser filamentation in air},
author = {Schmitt-Sody, Andreas and Kurz, Heiko G. and Bergé, Luc and Skupin, Stefan and Polynkin, Pavel},
abstractNote = {},
doi = {10.1088/1367-2630/18/9/093005},
journal = {New Journal of Physics},
number = 9,
volume = 18,
place = {United Kingdom},
year = {Thu Sep 01 00:00:00 EDT 2016},
month = {Thu Sep 01 00:00:00 EDT 2016}

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Publisher's Version of Record at 10.1088/1367-2630/18/9/093005

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