I enjoyed the articles on Fermilab's fixed target program, past and future, but the figure at the bottom of page 7 (FermiNews June 30, 2000) left me puzzled. It is titled ìU.S. Experimental HEP Publications 1990 to 1999î, and the percentages given for the 5 ìbarsî on the left indeed total to 100%. I would have thought that the ìU.S. Experimental HEPî program would also have included HEP experiments at other US labs. Many of us think LSND at LANL had some bearing on high-energy physics. And there are HEP Cosmic Ray experiments, Fly's-Eye, Whipple, and Amanda, along with U.S. HEP Experimental programs elsewhere, including CERN, DESY, KEK, etc. Perhaps it was just the figure title that was misleading.
Gordon VanDalen UC Riverside (MiniBooNE)
Indeed the title of the charts on Page 7 is too broad. What we, in fact, counted were experimental papers in refereed journals based upon data taken at the four US HEP labs: BNL, SLAC, Cornell and Fermilab. Non-accelerator results, and work at other non-HEP-funded labs, like LAMPF, were excluded. Early on we did count some of these papers, too. A sample from one journal (PRL) in 1990-3 estimates a contribution at the level of 6% for this class. In a similar period (1990-2) we counted all CERN and DESY papers as 150% and 30%, respectively, of the U.S. totals. We never tried, or even knew how, to break out the US contributions to those works.
The percentage chart summarizes the five categories we counted for the full period, (1990-1999). By itself it is, considering the title, misleading. We sincerely apologize.
Peter Cooper and Kurt Riesselmann
On behalf of the University of California and everyone at Los Alamos Laboratory, I would like to thank the staff of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory for the support and assistance given us during the Cerro Grande fire. Although this was a devastating experience for us, it showed how communities, individuals and organizations can come together to help each other in a time of crisis. We were overwhelmed by the outpouring of aid and support from throughout New Mexico and across the nation.
Your help at this very difficult time was greatly appreciated, and will be remembered as we begin the process of recovery and renewal.
John C. Browne Director Los Alamos National Laboratory
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