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Optical Pulse Generation with Semiconductor Disk Lasers. / Saarinen, Esa J.

Tampere University of Technology, 2012. 89 s. (Tampere University of Technology. Publication; Vuosikerta 1056).

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Saarinen, EJ 2012, Optical Pulse Generation with Semiconductor Disk Lasers. Tampere University of Technology. Publication, Vuosikerta. 1056, Tampere University of Technology.

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Saarinen, E. J. (2012). Optical Pulse Generation with Semiconductor Disk Lasers. (Tampere University of Technology. Publication; Vuosikerta 1056). Tampere University of Technology.

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Saarinen EJ. Optical Pulse Generation with Semiconductor Disk Lasers. Tampere University of Technology, 2012. 89 s. (Tampere University of Technology. Publication).

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Saarinen, Esa J. / Optical Pulse Generation with Semiconductor Disk Lasers. Tampere University of Technology, 2012. 89 Sivumäärä (Tampere University of Technology. Publication).

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