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Study of the τ-→3h-2h+ντ decay

  • Author(s): Aubert, B
  • Barate, R
  • Boutigny, D
  • Couderc, F
  • Karyotakis, Y
  • Lees, JP
  • Poireau, V
  • Tisserand, V
  • Zghiche, A
  • Grauges, E
  • Palano, A
  • Pappagallo, M
  • Pompili, A
  • Chen, JC
  • Qi, ND
  • Rong, G
  • Wang, P
  • Zhu, YS
  • Eigen, G
  • Ofte, I
  • Stugu, B
  • Abrams, GS
  • Battaglia, M
  • Borgland, AW
  • Breon, AB
  • Brown, DN
  • Button-Shafer, J
  • Cahn, RN
  • Charles, E
  • Day, CT
  • Gill, MS
  • Gritsan, AV
  • Groysman, Y
  • Jacobsen, RG
  • Kadel, RW
  • Kadyk, J
  • Kerth, LT
  • Kolomensky, YG
  • Kukartsev, G
  • Lynch, G
  • Mir, LM
  • Oddone, PJ
  • Orimoto, TJ
  • Pripstein, M
  • Roe, NA
  • Ronan, MT
  • Wenzel, WA
  • Barrett, M
  • Ford, KE
  • Harrison, TJ
  • Hart, AJ
  • Hawkes, CM
  • Morgan, SE
  • Watson, AT
  • Fritsch, M
  • Goetzen, K
  • Held, T
  • Koch, H
  • Lewandowski, B
  • Pelizaeus, M
  • Peters, K
  • Schroeder, T
  • Steinke, M
  • Boyd, JT
  • Burke, JP
  • Chevalier, N
  • Cottingham, WN
  • Kelly, MP
  • Cuhadar-Donszelmann, T
  • Hearty, C
  • Knecht, NS
  • Mattison, TS
  • McKenna, JA
  • Khan, A
  • et al.
Abstract

The branching fraction of the τ-→3h-2h+ντ decay (h=π,K) is measured with the BABAR detector to be (8.56±0.05±0.42) ×10-4, where the first error is statistical and the second systematic. The observed structure of this decay is significantly different from the phase space prediction, with the ρ resonance playing a strong role. The decay τ-→f1(1285)π-ντ, with the f1(1285) meson decaying to four charged pions, is observed and the branching fraction is measured to be (3.9±0.7±0.5)×10-4. © 2005 The American Physical Society.

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