Measurement of the B0 and B- meson lifetimes

D. Buskulic, D. Decamp, C. Goy, J. P. Lees, M. N. Minard, B. Mours, B. Pietrzyk, R. Alemany, F. Ariztizabal, P. Comas, J. M. Crespo, M. Delfino, E. Fernandez, M. Fernandez-Bosman, V. Gaitan, Ll Garrido, T. Mattison, A. Pacheco, C. Padilla, A. PascualD. Creanza, M. 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. Chai, H. Hu, D. Huang, X. Huang, J. Lin, T. Wang, Y. Xie, D. Xu, R. Xu, J. Zhang, L. Zhang, W. Zhao, L. A.T. Bauerdick, E. Blucher, G. Bonvicini, J. Boudreau, D. Casper, H. Drevermann, R. W. Forty, G. Ganis, C. Gay, R. Hagelberg, J. Harvey, S. Haywood, J. Hilgart, R. Jacobsen, B. Jost, J. Knobloch, I. Lehraus, T. Lohse, A. Lusiani, M. Martinez, P. Mato, H. Meinhard, A. Minten, A. Miotto, R. Miquel, H. G. Moser, P. Palazzi, J. A. Perlas, J. F. Pusztaszeri, F. Ranjard, G. Redlinger, L. Rolandi, J. Rothberg, T. Ruan, M. Saich, D. Schlatter, M. Schmelling, F. Sefkow, W. Tejessy, H. Wachsmuth, W. Wiedenmann, T. Wildish, W. Witzeling, J. Wotschack, Z. Ajaltouni, F. Badaud, M. Bardadin-Otwinowska, R. El Fellous, A. Falvard, P. Gay, C. Guicheney

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Abstract

The lifetimes of the B0 and B- mesons have been measured with the ALEPH detector at LEP. Semileptonic decays of B0 and B- mesons were partially reconstructed by identifying events containing a lepton with an associated D*+ or D0 meson. The proper time of the B meson was estimated from the measured decay length and the momentum and mass of the D-lepton system. A fit to the proper time of 77 D*+ℓ- and 77 D0ℓ- candidates, combined with a constraint on the lifetime ratio ( τ- τ0) arising from the relative rates of observed D*+ℓ- and D0ℓ- events, yielded the following lifetimes: τ0=1.52-0.18+0.20(stat.)-0.13 +0.07(syst.) ps, τ- = 1.47-0.19+0.22(stat.)-0.14+0.15 (syst.) ps, τ- τ0 = 0.96-0.15+0.19(stat.)-0.12+0.18 (syst.). © 1993.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)194-208
JournalPhysics Letters B
Volume307
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jun 1993

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