Articles | Volume 35, issue 4
Regular paper
24 Aug 2017
Regular paper |  | 24 Aug 2017

Estimate of size distribution of charged MSPs measured in situ in winter during the WADIS-2 sounding rocket campaign

Heiner Asmus, Tristan Staszak, Boris Strelnikov, Franz-Josef Lübken, Martin Friedrich, and Markus Rapp

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