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Title: Slicing the vacuum: New accelerating mirror solutions of the dynamical Casimir effect

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USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP) (SC-25)
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SC-0007867; AC02-05CH11231; 15-07-0000
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Journal Article: Publisher's Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review D
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 96; Journal Issue: 12; Related Information: CHORUS Timestamp: 2017-12-22 11:46:36; Journal ID: ISSN 2470-0010
American Physical Society
Country of Publication:
United States

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Good, Michael R. R., and Linder, Eric V. Slicing the vacuum: New accelerating mirror solutions of the dynamical Casimir effect. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.96.125010.
Good, Michael R. R., & Linder, Eric V. Slicing the vacuum: New accelerating mirror solutions of the dynamical Casimir effect. United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.96.125010.
Good, Michael R. R., and Linder, Eric V. 2017. "Slicing the vacuum: New accelerating mirror solutions of the dynamical Casimir effect". United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.96.125010.
title = {Slicing the vacuum: New accelerating mirror solutions of the dynamical Casimir effect},
author = {Good, Michael R. R. and Linder, Eric V.},
abstractNote = {},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevD.96.125010},
journal = {Physical Review D},
number = 12,
volume = 96,
place = {United States},
year = 2017,
month =

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