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Measurement of the b hadron lifetime with the dipole method

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Journal publication date1993
JournalPhysics Letters B
Journal number3-4
Volume314
Number of pages12
Pages459-470
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

A measurement of the average lifetime of b hadrons has been performed with dipole method on a sample of 260 000 hadronic Z decays recorded with the ALEPH detector during 1991. The dipole is the distance between the vertices built in the opposite hemispheres. The mean dipole is extracted from all the events without attempting b enrichment. Comparing the average of the data dipole distribution with a Monte Carlo calibration curve obtained with different b lifetimes, an average b hadron lifetime of 1.51±0.08 ps is extracted.