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A study of the decay τ-→π-μτ

  • Author(s): Blocker, CA
  • Dorfan, JM
  • Abrams, GS
  • Alam, MS
  • Blondel, A
  • Boyarski, AM
  • Breidenbach, M
  • Burke, DL
  • Carithers, WC
  • Chinowsky, W
  • Coles, MW
  • Cooper, S
  • Dieterle, WE
  • Dillon, JB
  • Dorenbosch, J
  • Eaton, MW
  • Feldman, GJ
  • Franklin, MEB
  • Gidal, G
  • Goldhaber, G
  • Hanson, G
  • Hayes, KG
  • Himel, T
  • Hitlin, DG
  • Hollebeek, RJ
  • Innes, WR
  • Jaros, JA
  • Jenni, P
  • Johnson, AD
  • Kadyk, JA
  • Lankford, AJ
  • Larsen, RR
  • Levi, M
  • Lüth, V
  • Millikan, RE
  • Nelson, ME
  • Pang, CY
  • Patrick, JF
  • Perl, ML
  • Richter, B
  • Roussarie, A
  • Scharre, DL
  • Schindler, RH
  • Schwitters, RF
  • Siegrist, JL
  • Strait, J
  • Taureg, H
  • Tonutti, M
  • Trilling, GH
  • Vella, EN
  • et al.

We present a high statistics measurement of the branching ratio for the decay τ-→π-μτusing data obtained with the Mark II detector at the SLAC e+e-storage ring SPEAR. We have used events from the center-of-mass energy region 3.52 to 6.7 GeV to determine that B(τ-→π-μτ)=0.117±0.004±0.018. From electron-muon events in the same data sample, we have determined that B(τ-→π-μτ) B(τ-→e--μeμτ)=0.66±0.03±0.11. We present measurements of the mass and spin of the τ and the mass of the τ neutrino based, for the first time, on a hadronic decay mode of the τ. © 1982.

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