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Nicole Ackerman | SLAC | USA

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Published!

Installing APD's

Installing APD's

Today is a milestone in my scientific career: I gained a SPIRES entry. I feel disingenuous saying “I published a paper” – many people did a great deal of work for the paper (their names come before mine) and all I did was join EXO. From here, I can next look forward to making a sizeable enough contribution to move from the alphabetized collaborator part of the author list to being a “numbered” author – but that may be quite far off.


Author lists can be a tricky thing. Large collaborations have complicated policies about who is on what papers, since it is difficult to say who really contributed to a given result. Once we are publishing data-dependent papers, it will be the result of the work everyone has put into commissioning at WIPP, writing the Monte Carlo, designing the electronics, building the detector, installing the veto system, and measuring the radiopurity of our materials. It won’t just be the work of whoever wrote the code to fit for a number.

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