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      Galactic Stellar and Substellar Initial Mass Function

      Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
      University of Chicago Press

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                Journal
                Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
                PUBL ASTRON SOC PAC
                University of Chicago Press
                0004-6280
                1538-3873
                July 2003
                July 2003
                : 115
                : 809
                : 763-795
                Article
                10.1086/376392
                902c9387-5e0d-4b85-ac44-4119cadc1b70
                © 2003
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