Hot Paper in Physics

December 2013
“Observation of a new particle in the search for the Standard Model Higgs boson with the ATLAS dectector at the LHC,” by the ATLAS Collaboration, Physics Letters B, 716(1): 1-29, 2012.

Abstract: “A search for the Standard Model Higgs boson in proton-proton collisions with the ATLAS detector at the LHC is presented. The datasets used correspond to integrated luminosities of approximately 4.8 fb(-1) collected at, root s = 7 TeV in 2011 and 5.8 fb(-1) at root s = 8 TeV in 2012. Individual searches in the channels H -> ZZ(()*()) -> 4l, H -> gamma gamma and H -> WW (()*()) -> ev mu v in the 8 TeV data are combined with previously published results of searches for H -> ZZ(()*()), WW(*()), b (b) over bar and tau(+)tau(-) in the 7 TeV data and results from improved analyses of the H -> ZZ(()*()) -> 4l and H -> gamma gamma channels in the 7 TeV data. Clear evidence for the production of a neutral boson with a measured mass of 126.0 +/- 0.4 (stat) +/- 0.4 (sys) GeV is presented. This observation, which has a significance of 5.9 standard deviations, corresponding to a background fluctuation probability of 1.7 x 10(-9), is compatible with the production and decay of the Standard Model Higgs boson.”

This 2012 report from Physics Letters B was cited 132 times in current journal articles indexed by Thomson Reuters during May-June 2013. Part of the effort to locate the now-confirmed Higgs boson (the subject of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics, predicted by Thomson Reuters), this paper reflects the work of more than 3,000 authors working at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN on the Swiss-French border. (The ATLAS Collaboration also figured prominently in last year’s ScienceWatch survey of multiauthor papers.) By virtue of its latest two-month count, this currently ranks as the most-cited physics paper published in the last two years, aside from reviews. Prior to the most recent bimonthly tally, citations to the report have accrued as follows, as tracked by Essential Science Indicators Hot Papers:

March-April 2013: 163 citations
January-February 2013: 87
November-December 2012: 60

Total citations to date: 442

SOURCE: Thomson Reuters Web of Science

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