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2009 TopCites: 50 Most-cited Articles in High-energy Physics
Public Lecture Opportunity: The LHC—At Discovery's Horizon
Around SLAC: Astrophysics from Afar

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

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2009 TopCites: 50 Most-cited Articles in High-energy Physics

Each year the SPIRES database team compiles a list of the most-cited research articles in high-energy physics. Here we present the most recent addition to this collection.  As usual, the Particle Data Group's "Review of Particle Physics" tops the 2009 list of the most-cited papers.  The rest of the Top Ten is composed of papers in observational astrophysics/cosmology as well as now-classic string theory papers.

The astrophysics/cosmology contingent, bolstered by SPIRES'  inclusion a few years ago of more astrophysics literature, includes three by WMAP [2,4,10 in the list below] and one each by the Supernova Cosmology Project [6] and Supernova Search Team [7], as well as the Schlegel-Finkbeiner-Davis paper [5] on maps of dust (a more detailed discussion of many of these papers can be found in Scott Dodelson's special 2003 astro-ph topcite review).   The string theory classics are the papers of Maldacena [3], Witten [8] and Gubser-Klebanov-Polyakov [9]. (More information on these can be found in the 1998 topcites review by Michael Peskin.)

Other lists, including those from past years, can be interesting to look at.  Pay special attention to the lists broken down by eprint archives, which identify papers of interest both from and within the various subfields of high-energy physics. 

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Public Lecture Opportunity: The LHC—At Discovery's Horizon

The LHC lecture series Web site has many resources for lecturers.

Following the success of last year's Angels & Demons lecture series, the U.S. ATLAS and U.S. CMS collaborations are launching another public lecture series about the LHC. Timed to coincide with the start of the LHC's first physics run, this next lecture series will take audiences on a virtual tour of the accelerator and its detectors, explain first results and share the excitement of the anticipated discoveries that lie ahead. While each institution will be responsible for the local logistics of planning the public lecture, the LHC lecture series Web site provides a number of resources to help, including a template poster, PowerPoint presentation and a selection of videos and images. If you would like to host a lecture, please contact lizzie@fnal.gov at Fermilab or katie@fnal.gov at CERN.

Around SLAC: Astrophysics from Afar

Long-distance colloquium in the Kavli Auditorium. (Photo by Kelen Tuttle.)

On Thursday afternoon, about 30 astrophysicists gathered in the Kavli Building to attend a colloquium by David Hogg, Associate Professor at New York University's Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics... Even though Hogg never left New York. The colloquium, orchestrated by Phil Marshall of the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, was conducted entirely over the internet, with Hogg's slides, voice and image transmitted using open-source software. The event began at 2:00 p.m. with a conversation between Hogg and several KIPAC students and postdocs, continued with 3:30 p.m. tea (Hogg had coffee), culminated with the talk "Can you infer dynamics from kinematics?" and concluded with an hour of cheese and conversation carried out on both sides of the U.S.

"And all without emitting several tons of CO2 in flight!" Marshall said.

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