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# Correlations in avalanche critical points.

Departament d'Estructura i Constituents de la Matèria, Facultat de Física, Universitat de Barcelona, Martí i Franquès 1, 08028 Barcelona, Catalonia.

Physical Review E (Impact Factor: 2.33). 08/2009; 80(1 Pt 1):011105. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.80.011105 Source: PubMed

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