Detailed Models of Super-Earths: How Well Can We Infer Bulk Properties?

  title={Detailed Models of Super-Earths: How Well Can We Infer Bulk Properties?},
  author={Diana Valencia and Dimitar D. Sasselov and Richard J. O’Connell},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  pages={1413 - 1420}
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