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Title: Shock tube/time-of-flight mass spectrometer for high temperature kinetics studies.


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Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
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USDOE Office of Science (SC)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0034-6748; RSINAK; TRN: US200824%%175
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Rev. Sci. Instrum.; Journal Volume: 78; Journal Issue: 3 ; 2007
Country of Publication:
United States

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Giri, B. R., Kiefer, J. H., Tranter, R. S., Chemistry, and Univ. of Illinois at Chicago. Shock tube/time-of-flight mass spectrometer for high temperature kinetics studies.. United States: N. p., 2007. Web.
Giri, B. R., Kiefer, J. H., Tranter, R. S., Chemistry, & Univ. of Illinois at Chicago. Shock tube/time-of-flight mass spectrometer for high temperature kinetics studies.. United States.
Giri, B. R., Kiefer, J. H., Tranter, R. S., Chemistry, and Univ. of Illinois at Chicago. Mon . "Shock tube/time-of-flight mass spectrometer for high temperature kinetics studies.". United States. doi:.
title = {Shock tube/time-of-flight mass spectrometer for high temperature kinetics studies.},
author = {Giri, B. R. and Kiefer, J. H. and Tranter, R. S. and Chemistry and Univ. of Illinois at Chicago},
abstractNote = {No abstract prepared.},
doi = {},
journal = {Rev. Sci. Instrum.},
number = 3 ; 2007,
volume = 78,
place = {United States},
year = {Mon Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2007},
month = {Mon Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2007}
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