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Laboratory reflectance spectra of differentiated meteorites can be used
to identify indicate the rock-forming materials of asteroids at small
scales \cite{Gaffey} and \cite{Trigo-Rodríguez1}.
Over the years, more information such as physico-chemical
properties of asteroids and their reflective behavior were obtained
by much sensitive and precise spectrometers \cite{Dotto} and  \cite{Trigo-Rodríguez2}. \\


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  • \usepackage{graphicx} \usepackage{hyperref} \usepackage{movie15} \usepackage{cite}
    – Yasamin
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  • At the moment my best guess is that the non-ASCII char í in \cite{Trigo-Rodríguez1} is problematic. Entry keys are mean to be internal names and must be reasonably safe. With a non-Unicode engine í is not reasonably safe. Change the key of Trigo-Rodríguez1 to Trigo-Rodriguez1 (with i instead of í) in both the .bib and .tex file and compile again.
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The citation/entry keys in your .bib file should not contain non-ASCII chars such as í if you use a non-Unicode engine. The reason for that is that the keys are used as internal identifiers and so LaTeX must be able to handle them without them breaking easily.

Change Trigo-Rodríguez1 and Trigo-Rodríguez2 to




repectively, i.e. replace the í with i in the key in both your .bib and .tex file.

Related: What characters are allowed to use as delimiters for BibTeX keys? and linked questions.

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