Measurement of charge asymmetry in hadronic Z decays

D. Decamp, B. Deschizeaux, C. Goy, J. P. Less, M. N. Minard, R. Alemany, J. M. Crespo, M. Delfino, E. Fernandez, V. Gaitan, Ll Garrido, P. Mato, Ll M. Mir, A. Pacheco, M. G. Catanesi, D. Creanza, M. de Palma, A. Farilla, G. Iaselli, G. MaggiM. Maggi, S. Natali, S. Nuzzo, M. Quattromini, A. Ranieri, G. Raso, F. Romano, F. Ruggieri, G. Selvaggi, L. Silvestris, P. Tempesta, G. Zito, Y. Gao, H. Hu, D. Huang, X. Huang, J. Lin, J. Lou, C. Qiao, T. Ruan, T. Wang, Y. Xie, D. Xu, R. Xu, J. Zhang, W. Zhao, W. B. Atwood, F. Bird, E. Blucher, G. Bonvicini, F. Bossi, D. Brown, T. H. Burnett, H. Drevermann, F. Dydak, R. W. Forty, C. Grab, R. Hagelberg, A. Haywood, J. Hilgart, B. Jost, M. Kasemann, J. Knobloch, A. Lacourt, E. Lançon, I. Lehraus, T. Lohse, A. Marchioro, M. Martinez, J. May, S. Menary, A. Minten, A. Miotto, R. Miquel, H. G. Moser, J. Nash, P. Palazzi, F. Ranjard, G. Redlinger, A. Roth, J. Rothberg, H. Rotscheidt, R. St Denis, D. Schlatter, M. Takashima, M. Talby, W. Tejessy, H. Wachsmuth, S. Wasserbaech, S. Wheeler, W. Wiedenmann, W. Witzeling, J. Wotschack, Z. Ajaltouni, M. Bardadin-Otwinowska, A. Falvard, R. El Fellous, P. Gay, J. Harvey, P. Henrard

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Abstract

A significant charge asymmetry is observed in the hadronic Z decays with the ALEPH detector at LEP. The asymmetry expressed in terms of the difference in momentum weighted charges in the two event hemispheres is measured to be <Qforward>-<Qbackward>= -0.0084±0.0015 (stat.) ±0.0004 (exp. sys.). In the framework of the standard model this can be interpreted as a measurement of the effective electroweak mixing angle, sin2Ow (Mz2=0.2300±0.0034 (stat.) ±0.0010 (exp. sys.) ±0.0038 (theor. sys.) or of the ratio of the vector to axual- vector coupling costants of the electron, gvegAe=+0.073±0.024. © 1991.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-388
JournalPhysics Letters B
Volume259
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 1991

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