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Title: Phase slips in superconducting weak links

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USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
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Journal Article: Publisher's Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review B
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 95; Journal Issue: 1; Related Information: CHORUS Timestamp: 2017-01-24 16:52:54; Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9950
American Physical Society
Country of Publication:
United States

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Kimmel, Gregory, Glatz, Andreas, and Aranson, Igor S. Phase slips in superconducting weak links. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.95.014518.
Kimmel, Gregory, Glatz, Andreas, & Aranson, Igor S. Phase slips in superconducting weak links. United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.95.014518.
Kimmel, Gregory, Glatz, Andreas, and Aranson, Igor S. Tue . "Phase slips in superconducting weak links". United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.95.014518.
title = {Phase slips in superconducting weak links},
author = {Kimmel, Gregory and Glatz, Andreas and Aranson, Igor S.},
abstractNote = {},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevB.95.014518},
journal = {Physical Review B},
number = 1,
volume = 95,
place = {United States},
year = {Tue Jan 24 00:00:00 EST 2017},
month = {Tue Jan 24 00:00:00 EST 2017}

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