STRONG DEPENDENCE OF THE INNER EDGE OF THE HABITABLE ZONE ON PLANETARY ROTATION RATE

@article{Yang2014STRONGDO,
  title={STRONG DEPENDENCE OF THE INNER EDGE OF THE HABITABLE ZONE ON PLANETARY ROTATION RATE},
  author={Jun Yang and Gwena{\"e}l Bou{\'e} and Daniel C. Fabrycky and Dorian S. Abbot},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal Letters},
  year={2014},
  volume={787}
}
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