Rejected by PRL with good humour

Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2013 17:26:53 -0400
Subject: Your_manuscript LD14439 Barr

Re: LD14439
    Search for direct heffalon production using the ATLAS and CMS
    experiments at the Large Hadron Collider
    by Alan J. Barr and Christopher G. Lester

Dear Dr. Lester,

We are honored that you chose to submit your paper on heffalon
production to Physical Review Letters. We have never seen a better
heffalon paper.

We are also intrigued that two individuals were able to sort through
the data from not one but two large detectors to place such strong
constraints on your quarry.

Please find below the Report of Referee A, who has considered your
manuscript as carefully as is warranted.

It is thus with infinite regret that we inform you that your paper is
not suited for publication in Physical Review Letters.

In accordance with our nonstandard practice (see memo appended further
below), this concludes our review of your manuscript.

Yours sincerely,

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Report of Referee A -- LD14439/Barr

It is not clear to me why the authors focus on the standard Hefalons
that as they say would `generate significant structural deformations
of the detector system'. It is well known that SUSY models predict
Shefalons that would not lead to structural deformations of the
detector. In many extra dimensional models the damage would be
confined to the part of the detector confined to extra dimensions, and
further exotic models involving technicolor and supersymmetry predict
slowly walking techni-shefalons that one can simply chase down and
capture using '97 toyota corollas.

On a first read, I think this paper is too narrow for PRL.


Please see the following:
      Resubmittal Policy Physical Review Letters

London Science Museum debut

The Science Museum's recently opened and much acclaimed Collider Exhibition contains a re-creation of a CERN office, with the heffalon paper to be found in the "in tray" on the office door. Representations of Heffalonium (a bound state of heffalons) also seem to appear in a part of the exhibition which appears to represent the inside of a particle physicist's brain.

Ok, who put the #Heffalon paper into #smCollider at @sciencemuseum? @jonmbutterworth? @ProfBrianCox?

— Seth Zenz (@sethzenz) November 23, 2013

Other evidence for Heffalons in particle physics

The LHC Heffalon elsewhere


Tom Whyntie

Negative review

for fun

Seth Zenz, particle of the day

a late one

woozleon background ignored

PRL near miss

Toy Model "like"

Heffalump on Wikipedia

In The Guardian

Actual heffalon discoverby by LHC beam people in slide 9 of this talk.

Other heffalon research

From Gia Dvali and Cesar Gomez pages 4, 11, 32 and 33 of this work on Heffalon Production (or this local copy).