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On the observation of photo-excitation effects in molecules using muon spin spectroscopy

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Fig. 1: Results of our analysis of the μSR spectra of 10 mM TIPS-Pn in CH2Cl2.


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Scheuermann, R., McKenzie, I. On the observation of photo-excitation effects in molecules using muon spin spectroscopy. Nat. Mater. 21, 1108–1109 (2022).

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