Hot Paper in Physics

December 2014
“Observation of a new particle in the search for the Standard Model Higgs boson with the ATLAS detector at the LHC,” by the ATLAS Collaboration, Physics Letters B, 716(1): 1-29, 17 September 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 paper from Physics Letters B, describing crucial data in the hunt for the Higgs boson, was cited 112 times in current journal articles indexed by Thomson Reuters during July-August 2014. This latest bimonthly tally continues the report’s long run as the most-cited physics paper published in the last two years, aside from reviews. Prior to the most recent count, citations to the report have accrued as follows, as tracked by Essential Science Indicators Hot Papers:

May-June 2014: 141 citations
March-April 2014: 135
January-February 2014: 137
November-December 2013: 156
September-October 2013: 179
July-August 2013: 153
May-June 2013: 168
March-April 2013: 140
January-February 2013: 166
November-December 2012: 88
September-October 2012: 41

Total citations to date: 1,616

SOURCE: Thomson Reuters Web of Science

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