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Title: Classically Stable Nonsingular Cosmological Bounces

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USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1325296
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DEFG02-91ER40671
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Journal Article: Publisher's Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 117; Journal Issue: 12; Related Information: CHORUS Timestamp: 2016-09-16 18:08:45; Journal ID: ISSN 0031-9007
Publisher:
American Physical Society
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

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Ijjas, Anna, and Steinhardt, Paul J. Classically Stable Nonsingular Cosmological Bounces. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.121304.
Ijjas, Anna, & Steinhardt, Paul J. Classically Stable Nonsingular Cosmological Bounces. United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.121304.
Ijjas, Anna, and Steinhardt, Paul J. 2016. "Classically Stable Nonsingular Cosmological Bounces". United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.121304.
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doi = {10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.121304},
journal = {Physical Review Letters},
number = 12,
volume = 117,
place = {United States},
year = 2016,
month = 9
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