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Bye Bye BaBar April 11, 2008

Posted by gordonwatts in physics life.
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BaBar closed down the other day. Well, the long running PEP-II collider shut down, and BaBar depended on it for its collisions. The shutdown came a bit earlier than planed due to the science budget cuts.

BaBar has had a long career. If you are curious about its legacy just check out the 528 or so published papers that can be found on SPIRES. It will be missed!

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1. MIke M - April 14, 2008

528 papers?! Amazing. For comparison, I checked also Belle and 2 RHIC experiments (STAR, and PHENIX) — all of which started running somewhere around summer 2000:

Belle: 362
STAR: 387
Phenix: 300

If we believe spires, Babar is either an “upward fluctuation” or ~50% more productive than it’s peer group.

2. gordonwatts - April 14, 2008

Mike — what did you use for the publish criteria? I just used PS P… I thought that number was pretty high, but in the few I scanned it looked like Spires was returning the right things. What I didn’t do, however, was go look at the BaBar web site where they probably have a list of published papers!

3. MIke M - April 15, 2008

Hmm, I just replaced “babar” in your posted URL with belle, star, and phenix. Looking at STAR as an example, we have 108 papers in our collaboration database, and 387 in spires — I would wager the entire difference is in conference proceedings.


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