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# Measurement of the charged pion electromagnetic form factor.

NIKHEF, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Physical Review Letters (Impact Factor: 7.94). 03/2001; 86(9):1713-6. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.86.1713 Source: PubMed

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