Measurement of the tau lepton electronic branching fraction

D. S. Akerib, B. Barish, M. Chadha, D. F. Cowen, G. Eigen, J. S. Miller, J. Urheim, A. J. Weinstein, D. Acosta, G. Masek, B. Ong, H. Paar, M. Sivertz, A. Bean, J. Gronberg, R. Kutschke, S. Menary, R. J. Morrison, H. N. Nelson, J. D. RichmanH. Tajima, D. Schmidt, D. Sperka, M. S. Witherell, M. Procario, S. Yang, M. Daoudi, W. T. Ford, D. R. Johnson, K. Lingel, M. Lohner, P. Rankin, J. G. Smith, J. P. Alexander, C. Bebek, K. Berkelman, D. Besson, T. E. Browder, D. G. Cassel, D. M. Coffman, P. S. Drell, R. Ehrlich, R. S. Galik, M. Garcia-Sciveres, B. Geiser, B. Gittelman, S. W. Gray, D. L. Hartill, B. K. Heltsley, K. Honscheid, C. Jones, J. Kandaswamy, N. Katayama, P. C. Kim, D. L. Kreinick, G. S. Ludwig, J. Masui, J. Mevissen, N. B. Mistry, C. R. Ng, E. Nordberg, C. O'Grady, J. R. Patterson, D. Peterson, D. Riley, M. Sapper, M. Selen, H. Worden, M. Worris, F. Würthwein, P. Avery, A. Freyberger, J. Rodriguez, R. Stephens, J. Yelton, D. Cinabro, S. Henderson, K. Kinoshita, T. Liu, M. Saulnier, R. Wilson, H. Yamamoto, A. J. Sadoff, R. Ammar, S. Ball, P. Baringer, D. Coppage, N. Copty, R. Davis, N. Hancock, M. Kelly, N. Kwak, H. Lam, Y. Kubota, M. Lattery, J. K. Nelson, S. Patton, D. Perticone, R. Poling, V. Savinov, S. Schrenk, R. Wang, M. S. Alam, I. J. Kim, B. Nemati, J. J. O'Neill, V. Romero, H. Severini, C. R. Sun, P. N. Wang, M. M. Zoeller, G. Crawford, R. Fulton, K. K. Gan, H. Kagan, R. Kass, J. Lee, R. Malchow, F. Morrow, M. Sung, C. White, J. Whitmore, P. Wilson, F. Butler, X. Fu, G. Kalbfleisch, M. Lambrecht, W. R. Ross, P. Skubic, J. Snow, P. L. Wang, D. Bortoletto, D. N. Brown, J. Dominick, R. L. McIlwain, T. Miao, D. H. Miller, M. Modesitt, S. F. Schaffner, E. I. Shibata, I. P.J. Shipsey, M. Battle, J. Ernst, H. Kroha, S. Roberts, K. Sparks, E. H. Thorndike, C. H. Wang, S. Sanghera, T. Skwarnicki, R. Stroynowski, M. Artuso, M. Goldberg, N. Horwitz, R. Kennett, G. C. Moneti, F. Muheim, S. Playfer, Y. Rozen, P. Rubin, S. Stone, M. Thulasidas, W. M. Yao, G. Zhu, A. V. Barnes, J. Bartelt, S. E. Csorna, Z. Egyed, V. Jain, P. Sheldon

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Abstract

The tau lepton electron branching fraction has been measured with the CLEO II detector at the Cornell Electron Storage Ring as Be=0.17490.00140.0022, with the first error statistical and the second systematic. The measurement involves counting electron-positron annihilation events in which both taus decay to electrons, and normalizing to the number of tau-pair decays expected from the measured luminosity. Detected photons in these events constitute a definitive observation of tau decay radiation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3610-3614
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume69
Issue number25
DOIs
StatePublished - 1992

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