High Speed Photography-Proceedings of the Eleventh International Congress on High Speed Photography 1974

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  • This article was downloaded by: [Universitaetsbibliothek Heidelberg]On: 16 November 2014, At: 18:19Publisher: Taylor & FrancisInforma Ltd Registered in England and Wales Registered Number: 1072954 Registeredoffice: Mortimer House, 37-41 Mortimer Street, London W1T 3JH, UK

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    High Speed Photography-Proceedings ofthe Eleventh International Congress onHigh Speed Photography 1974R.W. SmithPublished online: 16 Nov 2010.

    To cite this article: R.W. Smith (1976) High Speed Photography-Proceedings of the EleventhInternational Congress on High Speed Photography 1974, Optica Acta: International Journal of Optics,23:10, 846-846, DOI: 10.1080/713819155

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