Measurement of the W-pair production cross section and W-decay branching fractions in e+e− interactions at GeV

M. Acciarri, P. Achard, O. Adriani, M. Aguilar-Benitez, J. Alcaraz, G. Alemanni, J. Allaby, A. Aloisio, M.G. Alviggi, G. Ambrosi, H. Anderhub, V.P. Andreev (+389 others)
2000 Physics Letters B  
The data collected by the L3 experiment at LEP at a centre-of-mass energy of 188.6 GeV are used to measure the W-pair production cross section and the W-boson decay branching fractions. These data correspond to an integrated luminosity of 176.8pb^-1. The total cross section for W-pair production, combining all final states, is measured to be sigma_WW = 16.24 +/- 0.37(stat.) +/- 0.22(syst.) pb. Including our data collected at lower centre-of-mass energies, the hadronic branching fraction of the
more » ... -boson is determined to be B(W ->qq) = [68.20 +/- 0.68 (stat.) +/- 0.33 (syst.) ] %. The results agree with the Standard Model predictions.
doi:10.1016/s0370-2693(00)01273-9 fatcat:wrghmf4vzrallkwi4x25bb2s3u