The VMC Survey - XXIV. Signatures of tidally stripped stellar populations from the inner Small Magellanic Cloud

@article{Subramanian2017TheVS,
  title={The VMC Survey - XXIV. Signatures of tidally stripped stellar populations from the inner Small Magellanic Cloud},
  author={Smitha Subramanian and Stefano Rubele and Ning-Chen Sun and L{\'e}o Girardi and Richard de Grijs and Jacco Th. van Loon and Maria-Rosa L. Cioni and Andr{\'e}s E. Piatti and Kenji Bekki and James P. Emerson and Valentin D. Ivanov and Leandro de O Kerber and Marcella Marconi and Vincenzo Ripepi and Benjamin L. Tatton},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
  year={2017},
  volume={467},
  pages={2980-2995}
}
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