Measurement of the strong coupling constant using τ decays

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 strong coupling constant is determined from the leptonic branching ratios, the lifetime, and the invariant mass distribution of the hadronic final state of the τ lepton, using data accumulated at LEP with the ALEPH detector. The strong coupling constant measurement, αs(mτ2) = 0.330±0.046, evolved to the Z mass yields αs(MZ2) = 0.188±0.005. The error includes experimental and theoretical uncertainties, the latter evaluated in the framework of the Shifman, Vainshtein and Zakharov (SVZ) approach. The method allows the non-perturbative contribution to the hadronic decay rate to be determined to be 0.3±0.5%. © 1993.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-220
JournalPhysics Letters B
Volume307
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jun 1993

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