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Title: Validation study of a drift-wave turbulence model for CSDX linear plasma device

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  1. Center for Energy Research, University of California at San Diego, San Diego, California 92093, USA
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Physics of Plasmas
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Journal Volume: 24; Journal Issue: 9; Related Information: CHORUS Timestamp: 2018-02-14 15:07:41; Journal ID: ISSN 1070-664X
American Institute of Physics
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United States

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Vaezi, P., Holland, C., Thakur, S. C., and Tynan, G. R. Validation study of a drift-wave turbulence model for CSDX linear plasma device. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1063/1.4995305.
Vaezi, P., Holland, C., Thakur, S. C., & Tynan, G. R. Validation study of a drift-wave turbulence model for CSDX linear plasma device. United States. doi:10.1063/1.4995305.
Vaezi, P., Holland, C., Thakur, S. C., and Tynan, G. R. 2017. "Validation study of a drift-wave turbulence model for CSDX linear plasma device". United States. doi:10.1063/1.4995305.
title = {Validation study of a drift-wave turbulence model for CSDX linear plasma device},
author = {Vaezi, P. and Holland, C. and Thakur, S. C. and Tynan, G. R.},
abstractNote = {},
doi = {10.1063/1.4995305},
journal = {Physics of Plasmas},
number = 9,
volume = 24,
place = {United States},
year = 2017,
month = 9

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