Updated determination of α <inf>s</inf> from τ decays

Diogo Boito, Maarten Golterman, Matthias Jamin, Andisheh Mahdavi, Kim Maltman, James Osborne, Santiago Peris

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Employing our previous framework to treat nonperturbative effects self-consistently, including duality violations, we update the determination of the strong coupling, α s, using a modified version of the 1998 OPAL data, updated to reflect current values of exclusive-mode hadronic τ-decay branching fractions. Our best n f=3 values from the updated OPAL data are α s(mτ2)=0.325±0.018 and α s(mτ2)=0.347±0.025 in fixed-order and contour-improved perturbation theory, respectively. To account for nonperturbative effects, nonlinear, multiparameter fits are necessary. We have, therefore, investigated the posterior probability distribution of the model parameters underlying our fits in more detail. We find that OPAL data alone provide only weak constraints on some of the parameters needed to model duality violations, especially in the case of fits involving axial-vector channel data, making additional prior assumptions on the expected size of these parameters necessary at present. We provide evidence that this situation could be greatly improved if hadronic spectral functions based on the high-statistics BABAR and Belle data were to be made available. © 2012 American Physical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Article number093015
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2012


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