Measurement of the bottom hadron lifetime at the Z0 resonancce [report]

Donald Hideo Fujino
1992 unpublished
We have measured the bottom hadron lifetime from bb events produced at the Z° resonance. Using the precision vertex detectors of the Mark II detector at the Stanford Linear Collider, we developed an impact parameter tag to identify bottom hadrons. The vertex tracking system resolved impact parameters to 30 (im for high momentum tracks, and 70 |im for tracks with a momentum of 1 GeV. We selected B hadrons with an efficiency of 40% and a sample purity of 80% by requiring there be at least two
more » ... ks in a single jet that significantly miss the Z° ..ecay vertex. From a total of 208 hadronic Z° events collected by the Mark II detector in 1990, we tagged 53 jets, of which 22 came from 11 double-tagged events. The jets opposite the tagged ones, referred as the "untagged" sample, are rich in B hadrons and unbiased in B decay times. The variable 15 is the sum of impact parameters from tracks in the jet, and contains vital information on the B decay time We measured the B lifetime from a one-parameter likelihood fit .o the untagged £5 distribution, obtaining % b = 1.53! 0°4 5 5 5 +0.16 ps which agrees with the current world average. The first error is statistical and the second is systematic. The systematic error was dominated by uncertainties in the track resolution function. As a check, we also obtained consistent results using the IS distribution from the tagged jets and from the entire hadronic sample without any bottom enrichment. n / do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me. -Sir Isaac Newton
doi:10.2172/10165405 fatcat:fwejwetsuzbafioraajbjqfgla