The Silicon Vertex Tracker (SVT) for the BaBar experiment at the PEP-II asy
mmetric B factory is a 5-layer device based on double-sided AC-coupled sili
con strip detectors. It is read out by a custom IC, the AToM chip, that can
simultaneously acquire, digitize and transmit data. The main purpose of th
e SVT is to accurately measure the decay position of the B mesons that are
produced, which is essential for extracting CP asymmetries. Here, we report
on the SVT design as well as progress on its fabrication and assembly. (C)
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