Articles | Volume 33, issue 6
Regular paper
12 Jun 2015
Regular paper |  | 12 Jun 2015

The MAGIC of CINEMA: first in-flight science results from a miniaturised anisotropic magnetoresistive magnetometer

M. O. Archer, T. S. Horbury, P. Brown, J. P. Eastwood, T. M. Oddy, B. J. Whiteside, and J. G. Sample

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