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A Measurement of R(b) using a lifetime mass tag

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Journal publication date1997
JournalPhysics Letters B
Number of pages13
Original languageEnglish


ALEPH's published measurement of using a lifetime tag is updated using the full LEP 1 data sample. Considerable effort has been devoted to understanding systematic effects. Charm background is better controlled by combining the lifetime tag with a tag based on the hadron mass difference. Furthermore, the algorithm used to reconstruct the event primary vertex is designed so as to reduce correlations between the two hemispheres of an event. The value of Rb is measured to be 0.2167 ± 0.0011(stat) ± 0.0013(syst).