The BaBar Silicon Vertex Tracker (SVT) is designed to provide the high-prec
ision vertexing necessary for making measurements of CP violation at the SL
AG B-Factory PEP-II. The instrument consists of five layers of double-sided
silicon strip detectors and has been installed in the BaBar experiment and
taking colliding beam data since May 1999. An overview of the design as we
ll as performance and experience from the initial running will be presented
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