ATIC Article: 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.
#24. "An excess of cosmic ray electrons at energies of 300.800 GeV" by J. Chang, J.H. Adams,
H.S. Ahn, G.L. Bashindzhagyan, M. Christl, O. Ganel, T.G. Guzik, J. Isbert, K.C. Kim, E.N. Kuznetsov,
M.I. Panasyuk, A.D. Panov, W.K.H. Schmidt, E.S. Seo, N.V. Sokolskaya, J.W. Watts, J.P. Wefel, J. Wu,
V.I. Zatsepin (Purple Mountain Observatory & Lindau, Max Planck Institute & NASA, Marshall & Maryland University
& Moscow State University & Louisiana State University). Published in Nature 456:362-365,2008
[311 total citations in SPIRES]
Here for the full article.
AIP Top 10
Stories of 2008
The American Institute of
Physics has selected ATIC's article in Nature (20 Nov) as one of the 10 Top
Physics Stories of the Year. Click
here to read more.
ATIC Article listed as a Physics Today Favorite for December 2008
The ATIC article has been
listed as a Physics Today Favorite for December 2008. Click
here to read more.
ATIC makes National News.
Brand new ATIC paper to be released Nov 20, 2008 in the journal ,Nature,
the article discusses exciting new implications due to the excess electrons from
a potentially undiscovered near-Earth energy source . To read the entire
article please click
For additional stories about this new paper please check out the following
Nature Article and
Nature - Astrophysics: A message from the dark side
Nature - Author's Abstractions
Electron 'bump' may confirm dark matter
LSU News - LSU Researchers Announce Mysterious Source of High Energy Cosmic
China View - New discovery may change understanding of universe
NASA - Mysterious Source of High-Energy Cosmic Radiation Discovered
Science@NASA - Discovered: Cosmic Rays from a Mysterious, Nearby Object
National Geographic - Dark Matter Proof Found Over Antarctica?
New Scientist - Mysterious electrons may be sign of dark matter
Red Orbit - Cosmic Rays
Found Coming From Mysterious, Nearby Object
Daily - Mysterious Source of High-Energy Cosmic Radiation Discovered
Space.com - Cosmic Rays Might Come from Dark Matter
CBS Market Watch - Mysterious Source of High-Energy Cosmic Radiation Discovered
Scientific American - Antarctic balloon on the trail of dark matter?
Physicists Find Dark Matter, or Something Even More Strange
Baton Rouge Advocate - LSU plays key role in cosmic research
Science - Signs of dark matter found?
Reuters.com - Clump of dark matter may loom near solar system
Discover.com - Something powerful lurks nearby
- Scientists spot hints of dark-matter blast
ATIC Terminated at
Payload position as of:
01:23:21Z 01/15/08 Latitude: 86°1.75 S
Longitude: 24°15.29 WAltitude: 8421 Feet16.66
Knots @ 268°
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The ATIC balloon
flight program will concentrate on measuring the
cosmic ray proton and helium spectra from below 5 x 1010
eV to more than 1014 eV, with statistical accuracy
better than 30% at the highest energy. This unique coverage, more
than three decades in energy with a single instrument, will enable
us to investigate the spectral difference between hydrogen and
helium, and identify any spectral breaks over a broad energy range.
In addition, ATIC will fill an existing gap in measurements of the
proton/alpha ratio between observations below 100
GeV and the highest emulsion chamber energies. Concurrently,
ATIC will measure the spectra of nuclei up to iron, with individual
element resolution and superior energy resolution.
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To achieve these scientific
objectives ATIC will need a series of
Balloon (LDB) flights. During these flights a large volume
(10's of millions of cubic feet) Helium filled balloon will carry
the ATIC experiment to the very edge of space (about 120,000 feet)
for a period of time lasting from 10 to 15 days. The
first of these flights will take place during December, 2000 when
the ATIC balloon payload is launched from McMurdo, Antarctica
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Classroom includes age appropriate lessons for middle and high
school students which make use of data returned from the ATIC
instrument during its LDB flight. In addition, video reports
from the 2000-2001 flight provide students with an idea of what we
will be doing "on the ice" this year as well as how scientists live
and work in Antarctica.
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