Journal article

Measurements of R-b in e( )e(-) colisions at root s between 182 and 209 GeV

G Abbiendi, C Ainsley, PF Akesson, G Alexander, J Allison, P Amaral, G Anagnostou, KJ Anderson, S Asai, D Axen, I Bailey, E Barberio, T Barillari, RJ Barlow, RJ Batley, P Bechtle, T Behnke, KW Bell, PJ Bell, G Bella Show all

Physics Letters B | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2005


Measurements of R , the ratio of the bb̄ cross-section to the qq̄ cross-section in e+e- collisions, are presented. The data were collected by the OPAL experiment at LEP at centre-of-mass energies between 182 and 209 GeV. Lepton, lifetime and event-shape information is used to tag events containing b quarks with high efficiency. The data are compatible with the Standard Model expectation. The mean ratio of the eight measurements reported here to the Standard Model prediction is 1.055±0.031±0.037, where the first error is statistical and the second systematic. © 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. b

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