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Title: Inelastic low-energy collisions of electrons with HeH + : Rovibrational excitation and dissociative recombination

 [1];  [2]
  1. J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, v.v.i., Dolejškova 3, 182 23 Prague 8, Czech Republic
  2. Department of Physics and Astronomy, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907, USA
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Journal of Chemical Physics
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Journal Volume: 147; Journal Issue: 5; Related Information: CHORUS Timestamp: 2018-02-14 12:11:21; Journal ID: ISSN 0021-9606
American Institute of Physics
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United States

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Čurík, Roman, and Greene, Chris H. Inelastic low-energy collisions of electrons with HeH + : Rovibrational excitation and dissociative recombination. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1063/1.4994921.
Čurík, Roman, & Greene, Chris H. Inelastic low-energy collisions of electrons with HeH + : Rovibrational excitation and dissociative recombination. United States. doi:10.1063/1.4994921.
Čurík, Roman, and Greene, Chris H. 2017. "Inelastic low-energy collisions of electrons with HeH + : Rovibrational excitation and dissociative recombination". United States. doi:10.1063/1.4994921.
title = {Inelastic low-energy collisions of electrons with HeH + : Rovibrational excitation and dissociative recombination},
author = {Čurík, Roman and Greene, Chris H.},
abstractNote = {},
doi = {10.1063/1.4994921},
journal = {Journal of Chemical Physics},
number = 5,
volume = 147,
place = {United States},
year = 2017,
month = 8

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