New determination of α <inf>s</inf> from hadronic τ decays

Diogo Boito, Oscar Catà, Maarten Golterman, Matthias Jamin, Kim Maltman, James Osborne, Santiago Peris

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We present a new framework for the extraction of the strong coupling from hadronic τ decays through finite-energy sum rules. Our focus is on the small, but still significant nonperturbative effects that, in principle, affect both the central value and the systematic error. We employ a quantitative model in order to accommodate violations of quark-hadron duality, and enforce a consistent treatment of the higher-dimensional contributions of the operator product expansion to our sum rules. Using 1998 OPAL data for the nonstrange isovector vector and axial-vector spectral functions, we find the n f=3 values α s(mτ2)=0.307±0.019 in fixed-order perturbation theory, and 0.322±0.026 in contour-improved perturbation theory. For comparison, the original OPAL analysis of the same data led to the values 0.324±0.014 (fixed order) and 0.348±0.021 (contour improved). © 2011 American Physical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Article number113006
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2011


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