The spectral theory of the vibrating periodic beam

@article{Papanicolaou1995TheST,
  title={The spectral theory of the vibrating periodic beam},
  author={Vassilis G. Papanicolaou},
  journal={Communications in Mathematical Physics},
  year={1995},
  volume={170},
  pages={359-373}
}
  • V. Papanicolaou
  • Published 1 June 1995
  • Mathematics
  • Communications in Mathematical Physics
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