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Title: Species and Time-Resolved Photoluminescence of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes


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Conference: Meeting Abstracts: 209th Meeting of The Electrochemical Society (ECS), 7-11 May 2006, Denver, Colorado; MA 2006-01
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Heben, M. J., Metzger, W. K., Jones, M., McDonald, T. J., Engtrakul, C., Ellingson, R. J., and Rumbles, G.. Species and Time-Resolved Photoluminescence of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes. United States: N. p., 2006. Web.
Heben, M. J., Metzger, W. K., Jones, M., McDonald, T. J., Engtrakul, C., Ellingson, R. J., & Rumbles, G.. Species and Time-Resolved Photoluminescence of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes. United States.
Heben, M. J., Metzger, W. K., Jones, M., McDonald, T. J., Engtrakul, C., Ellingson, R. J., and Rumbles, G.. Sun . "Species and Time-Resolved Photoluminescence of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes". United States. doi:.
title = {Species and Time-Resolved Photoluminescence of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes},
author = {Heben, M. J. and Metzger, W. K. and Jones, M. and McDonald, T. J. and Engtrakul, C. and Ellingson, R. J. and Rumbles, G.},
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