The Silicon Vertex Tracker (SVT) of the BaBar experiment at the PEP-II asym
metric B factory consists of five layers of double-sided, AC-coupled silico
n strip detectors. The detectors are readout with a custom IC, capable of s
imultaneous acquisition, digitization and transmission of data. The SVT geo
metry is shown and the construction phases of its modules are described in
detail, with emphasis on the bending procedures needed for the arch-modules
of the outer layers. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.