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Screen shot 2009-10-17 at 1.10.38 PMThe first paper from the CMS collaboration has been posted to arXiv.  (It has also been submitted for review at a real-life journal!) It discusses how aligning part of the detector using a few hundred million cosmic rays was successfully done.

The text of the paper itself is 20-some pages.  And the author list?  Almost the same size.  It includes people from 160 institutions around the world (48 of those are in the US).

There’s even a special footnote to mark those that have deceased – and there are several in a list this long.

Alignment of the machine is an important early step to having a detector we can use to make physics discoveries.  Congratulations to everyone.

PS: Does anyone know how many of the authors are graduate students?  If I made a completely naïve assumption that the whole author list contains the same fraction of grad students as just my institution, then that would be a fraction of 8/32 for a total of about 600 graduate students in the CMS collaboration.

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