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Determination of alpha(S) using OPAL hadronic event shapes at root s=91-209 GeV and resummed NNLO calculations

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Journal publication date09/2011
JournalEuropean Physical Journal C: Particles and Fields
Journal number9
Volume71
Number of pages21
Pages-
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Hadronic event shape distributions from e(+)e(-) annihilation measured by the OPAL experiment at centre-of-mass energies between 91 GeV and 209 GeV are used to determine the strong coupling alpha(S). The results are based on QCD predictions complete to the next-to-next-to-leading order (NNLO), and on NNLO calculations matched to the re-summed next-to-leading-log-approximation terms (NNLO+NLLA). The combined NNLO result from all variables and centre-of-mass energies is

alpha(S)(m(Z0)) = 0.1201 +/- 0.0008 (stat.) +/- 0.0013(exp.) +/- 0.0010(had.) +/- 0.0024(theo.)

while the combined NNLO + NLLA result is

alpha(S)(m(Z0)) = 0.1189 +/- 0.0008(stat.) +/- 0.0016(exp.) +/- 0.0010(had.) +/- 0.0036(theo.)

The completeness of the NNLO and NNLO + NLLA results with respect to missing higher order contributions, studied by varying the renormalization scale, is improved compared to previous results based on NLO or NLO + NLLA predictions only. The observed energy dependence of alpha(S) agrees with the QCD prediction of asymptotic freedom and excludes the absence of running.