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**Dealing with ghost-free massive gravity without explicit square roots of matrices.** / Golovnev, Alexey; Smirnov, Fedor.

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Golovnev, A & Smirnov, F 2017, 'Dealing with ghost-free massive gravity without explicit square roots of matrices', *Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics*, vol. 770, pp. 209 - 212. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physletb.2017.04.058

Golovnev, A., & Smirnov, F. (2017). Dealing with ghost-free massive gravity without explicit square roots of matrices. *Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics*, *770*, 209 - 212. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physletb.2017.04.058

Golovnev A, Smirnov F. Dealing with ghost-free massive gravity without explicit square roots of matrices. Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics. 2017;770:209 - 212. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physletb.2017.04.058

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