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Title: Crystal Growth and Magnetic Properties of Pr 3 Co 2+x Ge 7 and the Sn-Stabilized Ln 3 Co 2+x Ge 7–y Sn y (Ln = Pr, Nd, Sm)
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Crystal Growth & Design
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6028 to 6034
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National Science Foundation
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