The latest issue of the Review of Particle Physics has been published online last month. The review – often referred to as the “the Bible of particle physics” – comprehensively covers the fields of high-energy and astroparticle physics.
This current edition contains the latest data on such current research topics as Higgs bosons, supersymmetry, B mesons, neutrinos, dark matter, dark energy, the Big Bang and the early universe. In total, the 2012 publication covers 2,568 new measurements and contains 112 comprehensive review articles.
“With all the new LHC and other data in this edition, we feel like we are seeing the calm before the storm,” says Michael Barnett, Particle Data Group head. “These already-extensive data from LHC tell us much about what we might expect over the next two years… the restrictions that these data put on theories provide vital insight.”
The review – which has been cited in journals over 41,000 times – has been compiled biennially by the Particle Data Group since 1957. The group, which consists of 200 scientists from across 22 countries, is based the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in the United States.
A print version of the full review will be distributed to this month. In September, a condensed version of will also be made available. Copies of both may be ordered online.
The online version contains an interactive web application – pdgLive – which allows users to browse the contents of the database. A beta version of this tool – with print-quality displays of mathematical expressions and improved cross-linking with the high-energy physics information management system, INSPIRE – is also available.
For more information – and to read the online version of the Review of Particle Physics – please visit the Particle Data Group website.