Hot Paper in Physics

March 2015
“First result from the LUX dark matter experiment at the Sanford Underground Research Facility” by D.S Akerib, et al., Physical Review Letters, 112 (9): No. 091303 , 4 March 2014.

Abstract: “The Large Underground Xenon (LUX) experiment is a dual-phase xenon time-projection chamber operating at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (Lead, South Dakota). The LUX cryostat was filled for the first time in the underground laboratory in February 2013. We report results of the first WIMP search data set, taken during the period from April to August 2013, presenting the analysis of 85.3 live days of data with a fiducial volume of 118 kg. A profile-likelihood analysis technique shows our data to be consistent with the background-only hypothesis, allowing 90% confidence limits to be set on spin-independent WIMP-nucleon elastic scattering with a minimum upper limit on the cross section of 7.6 x 10(-46) cm(2) at a WIMP mass of 33 GeV= c(2). We find that the LUX data are in disagreement with low-mass WIMP signal interpretations of the results from several recent direct detection experiments.”

This 2014 paper from Physical Review Letters was cited 42 times in current journal articles indexed by Thomson Reuters during November-December 2014. With that two-month count, the paper currently ranks as the third-most-cited Physics paper, aside from reviews, published in the last two years. Prior to the most recent tally, citations to the report have accrued as follows, as tracked by Essential Science Indicators Hot Papers:

September-October 2014: 56 citations
July-August 2014: 54
May-June 2014: 34
March-April 2014: 11

Total citations to date: 197

SOURCE: Thomson Reuters Web of Science

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