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Title: Vibrational Raman optical activity of bicyclic terpenes: comparison between experimental and calculated vibrational Raman, Raman optical activity, and dimensionless circular intensity difference spectra and their similarity analysis: Vibrational Raman optical activity of bicyclic terpenes
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Publication Date:
Journal Name:
Journal of Raman Spectroscopy
Page Range or eLocation-ID:
305 to 313
Wiley Blackwell (John Wiley & Sons)
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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