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Charm counting in b decays

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  • ALEPH Collaboration
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1996
<mark>Journal</mark>Physics Letters B
Issue number3
Number of pages11
Pages (from-to)648-658
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The inclusive production of charmed particles in decays has been measured from the yield of D0, D+, Ds+ and Λc+ decays in a sample of events with high b purity collected with the ALEPH detector from 1992 to 1995.

From these measurements, adding the charmonia production rate and an estimate of the charmed strange baryon contribution, the average number of charm quarks per b decay is determined to be nc = 1.230 ± 0.036 ± 0.038 ± 0.053, where the uncertainties are due to statistics, systematic effects and branching ratios, respectively.