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Tests of the standard model and constraints on new physics from measurements of fermion-pair production at 130-172 GeV at LEP

K Ackerstaff, G Alexander, J Allison, N Altekamp, KJ Anderson, S Anderson, S Arcelli, S Asai, D Axen, G Azuelos, AH Ball, E Barberio, RJ Barlow, R Bartoldus, JR Batley, S Baumann, J Bechtluft, C Beeston, T Behnke, AN Bell Show all

European Physical Journal C | Published : 1998


Production of events with hadronic and leptonic final states has been measured in e+e- collisions at centre-of-mass energies of 130-172 GeV, using the OPAL detector at LEP. Cross-sections and leptonic forward-backward asymmetries are presented, both including and excluding the dominant production of radiative Zγ events, and compared to Standard Model expectations. The ratio Rb of the cross-section for bb̄ production to the hadronic cross-section has been measured. In a model-independent fit to the Z lineshape, the data have been used to obtain an improved precision on the measurement of γ-Z interference. The energy dependence of αem has been investigated. The measurements have also been used..

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