Measurement of the B hadron lifetime

D. Decamp, B. Deschizeaux, C. Goy, J. P. Lees, M. N. Minard, R. Alemany, J. M. Crespo, M. Delfino, E. Fernandez, V. Gaitan, Ll Garrido, P. Mato, R. Miquel, Ll M. Mir, S. Orteu, A. Pacheco, J. A. Perlas, E. Tubau, M. G. Catanesi, D. CreanzaM. de Palma, A. Farilla, G. Iaselli, G. Maggi, M. 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, H. Albrecht, 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, S. Haywood, B. Jost, M. Kasemann, G. Kellner, J. Knobloch, A. Lacourt, I. Lehraus, T. Lohse, D. Lüke, A. Marchioro, M. Martinez, J. May, S. Menary, A. Minten, A. Miotto, J. Nash, P. Palazzi, F. Ranjard, G. Redlinger, A. Roth, J. Rothberg, H. Rotscheidt, W. von Rüden, 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

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Abstract

The average lifetime of B hadrons has been measured by the ALEPH experiment at LEP. Events containing B hadrons are selected by the identification of leptons with high transverse momentum in hadronic Z decays, and the lifetime is extracted from a fit to the impact parameter distribution of the lepton tracks. From a sample of 1.7×105 hadronic Z decays a lifetime of 1.29±0.06±0.10 ps is measured. © 1991.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)492-504
JournalPhysics Letters B
Volume257
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Mar 1991

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