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Title: Why is Ice Slippery? Simulations of Shear Viscosity of the Quasi-Liquid Layer on Ice
Authors:
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Award ID(s):
1663773
Publication Date:
NSF-PAR ID:
10065978
Journal Name:
The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Volume:
9
Issue:
13
Page Range or eLocation-ID:
3686 to 3691
ISSN:
1948-7185
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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