Central role of thermal collective strain in the relaxation of structure in a supercooled liquid.

@article{WidmerCooper2009CentralRO,
  title={Central role of thermal collective strain in the relaxation of structure in a supercooled liquid.},
  author={Asaph Widmer‐Cooper and Peter Harrowell},
  journal={Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics},
  year={2009},
  volume={80 6 Pt 1},
  pages={
          061501
        }
}
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