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Title: The Destruction of 3He by Rayleigh-Taylor Instability on the First Giant Branch


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Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
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Conference: Presented at: IAU General Assembly 2006, Prague, Czech Republic, Aug 14 - Aug 25, 2006
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United States

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Eggleton, P P, Dearborn, D P, and Lattanzio, J C. The Destruction of 3He by Rayleigh-Taylor Instability on the First Giant Branch. United States: N. p., 2007. Web.
Eggleton, P P, Dearborn, D P, & Lattanzio, J C. The Destruction of 3He by Rayleigh-Taylor Instability on the First Giant Branch. United States.
Eggleton, P P, Dearborn, D P, and Lattanzio, J C. Fri . "The Destruction of 3He by Rayleigh-Taylor Instability on the First Giant Branch". United States. doi:.
title = {The Destruction of 3He by Rayleigh-Taylor Instability on the First Giant Branch},
author = {Eggleton, P P and Dearborn, D P and Lattanzio, J C},
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year = {Fri Apr 06 00:00:00 EDT 2007},
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