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Title: Dynamic interface rearrangement in LaFeO 3 / n SrTiO 3 heterojunctions

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Physical Review Materials
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Journal Volume: 1; Journal Issue: 6; Related Information: CHORUS Timestamp: 2017-11-06 10:38:56; Journal ID: ISSN 2475-9953
American Physical Society
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Spurgeon, Steven R., Sushko, Peter V., Chambers, Scott A., and Comes, Ryan B. Dynamic interface rearrangement in LaFeO 3 / n − SrTiO 3 heterojunctions. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.1.063401.
Spurgeon, Steven R., Sushko, Peter V., Chambers, Scott A., & Comes, Ryan B. Dynamic interface rearrangement in LaFeO 3 / n − SrTiO 3 heterojunctions. United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.1.063401.
Spurgeon, Steven R., Sushko, Peter V., Chambers, Scott A., and Comes, Ryan B. 2017. "Dynamic interface rearrangement in LaFeO 3 / n − SrTiO 3 heterojunctions". United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.1.063401.
title = {Dynamic interface rearrangement in LaFeO 3 / n − SrTiO 3 heterojunctions},
author = {Spurgeon, Steven R. and Sushko, Peter V. and Chambers, Scott A. and Comes, Ryan B.},
abstractNote = {},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.1.063401},
journal = {Physical Review Materials},
number = 6,
volume = 1,
place = {United States},
year = 2017,
month =

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