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Soviet physicists have made well-known contributions to many areas of theoretical physics, but I've heard much less about their experimental work. What are the most seminal experimental papers that came out of that era?

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Looks like this runs afoul the "focused on physics" principle suggested in Are history of physics questions allowed? on meta. –  dmckee Nov 22 '11 at 21:58
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That said, I have had several very competent experimental colleagues educated in the soviet system. Not sure that that proves anything, of course. –  dmckee Nov 22 '11 at 22:00
    
This question should be rephrased as "What are the most seminal soviet papers in experimental physics". It is useful, because some of the journals have been late to go online, and soviet results tend to be on the obscure side in the west. I would like to know an answer, but perhaps make it CW, voted to reopen (but please rephrase). –  Ron Maimon Nov 23 '11 at 7:18
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closed as off topic by Qmechanic, Georg, dmckee Nov 22 '11 at 21:58

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