American Physical Society Publishes 60th Anniversary Edition of the Review of Particle Physics

The latest edition of the Review of Particle Physics, a resource for particle physicists, was published Aug. 17 in the American Physical Society’s Physical Review D journal, marking the 60th anniversary of the founding of the international Particle Data Group (PDG) that produces the Review.

Sometimes referred to as the “bible of particle physics,” the Review features 41,371 measurements. There are 118 individual review articles in this 2018 edition, covering topics ranging from the recently discovered Higgs boson to searches for hypothetical particles, and to particle accelerators, detectors, and statistics. The Review is produced by a collaboration of more than 225 experts from 159 institutions around the globe.

Published every other year, the reference is distributed around the world to thousands of physicists, and the PDG says it is the most highly cited publication in its field. Since its inception, PDG has been based at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and its previous incarnation, the University of California Radiation Laboratory.

“I am delighted that this year’s Review of Particle Physics will appear in such a renowned journal,” said Juerg Beringer of Berkeley Lab, who has led PDG since 2016. “The fact that this year also marks the 125th anniversary of the first publication of the Physical Review [in 1893 at Cornell University in Ithaca NY] makes this particularly special.”