The BaBar Silicon Vertex Tracker (SVT) is a five layer device, made from do
uble-sided silicon strip detectors and read out via a custom time-over-thre
shold circuit, the AToM chip. The SVT is an essential part of the physics p
rogram of BaBar, and is able to reconstruct B mason decay vertices with a p
recision sufficient to measure time-dependent CP violating asymmetries at t
he PEP-II asymmetric e(+)e(-) collider. This report will give an overview o
f the SVT, with particular focus on the performance of the SVT, which has b
een taking colliding beam data since May 1999. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.
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