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What controls the local time extent of flux transfer events? / Milan, S. E.; Imber, S. M.; Carter, J. A.; Walach, M. T.; Hubert, B.

In: Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, Vol. 121, No. 2, 01.02.2016, p. 1391-1401.

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Milan, SE, Imber, SM, Carter, JA, Walach, MT & Hubert, B 2016, 'What controls the local time extent of flux transfer events?', Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, vol. 121, no. 2, pp. 1391-1401. https://doi.org/10.1002/2015JA022012

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Milan, S. E., Imber, S. M., Carter, J. A., Walach, M. T., & Hubert, B. (2016). What controls the local time extent of flux transfer events? Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 121(2), 1391-1401. https://doi.org/10.1002/2015JA022012

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Milan SE, Imber SM, Carter JA, Walach MT, Hubert B. What controls the local time extent of flux transfer events? Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics. 2016 Feb 1;121(2):1391-1401. https://doi.org/10.1002/2015JA022012

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Milan, S. E. ; Imber, S. M. ; Carter, J. A. ; Walach, M. T. ; Hubert, B. / What controls the local time extent of flux transfer events?. In: Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics. 2016 ; Vol. 121, No. 2. pp. 1391-1401.

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