Precise measurement of the b-quark fragmentation function in Z0 boson decays

Kenji Abe*, Koya Abe*, T. Abe, I. Adam, H. Akimoto, D. Aston, K. G. Baird, C. Baltay, H. R. Band, T. L. Barklow, J. M. Bauer, G. Bellodi, R. Berger, G. Blaylock, J. R. Bogart, G. R. Bower, J. E. Brau, M. Breidenbach, W. M. Bugg, D. BurkeT. H. Burnett, P. N. Burrows, A. Calcaterra, R. Cassell, A. Chou, H. O. Cohn, J. A. Coller, M. R. Convery, V. Cook, R. F. Cowan, G. Crawford, C. J.S. Damerell, M. Daoudi, S. Dasu, N. De Groot, R. De Sangro, D. N. Dong, M. Doser, R. Dubois, I. Erofeeva, V. Eschenberg, E. Etzion, S. Fahey, D. Falciai, J. P. Fernandez, K. Flood, R. Frey, E. L. Hart, K. Hasuko, S. S. Hertzbach, M. E. Huffer, X. Huynh, M. Iwasaki, D. J. Jackson, P. Jacques, J. A. Jaros, Z. Y. Jiang, A. S. Johnson, J. R. Johnson, R. Kajikawa, M. Kalelkar, H. Kang, R. R. Kotier, R. S. Kroeger, M. Langston, D. W.G. Leith, V. Lia, C. Lin, G. Mancinelli, S. Manly, G. Mantovani, T. W. Markiewicz, T. Maruyama, A. K. McKemey, R. Messner, K. C. Moffeit, T. B. Moore, M. Morii, D. Muller, V. Murzin, S. Narita, U. Nauenberg, G. Nesom, N. Oishi, D. Onoprienko, L. S. Osborne, R. S. Panvini, C. H. Park, I. Peruzzi, M. Piccolo, L. Piemontese, R. J. Piano, R. Prepost, C. Y. Prescott, B. N. Ratcliff, J. Reidy, R. L. Reinertsen, L. S. Rochester, P. C. Rowson, J. J. Russell, O. H. Saxton, T. Schalk, B. A. Schumm, J. Schwiening, V. V. Serbo, G. Shapiro, N. B. Sinev, J. A. Snyder, H. Staengle, A. Stahl, P. Stamer, H. Steiner, D. Su, F. Suekane, A. Sugiyama, M. Swartz, E. E. Taylor, J. Thorn, T. Usher, J. Va'vra, R. Verdier, D. L. Wagner, A. P. Waite, S. Walston, J. Wang, A. W. Weidemann, E. R. Weiss, J. S. Whitaker, S. H. Williams, S. Willocq, R. J. Wilson, W. J. Wisniewski, J. L. Wittlin, M. Woods, T. R. Wright, R. K. Yamamoto, J. Yashima, S. J. Yellin, C. C. Young, H. Yuta

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Abstract

We have developed a new technique for inclusive reconstruction of the energy of B hadrons. The excellent efficiency and resolution of this technique allow us to make the most precise determination of the b-quark fragmentation function, using e+e-→Z0 decays recorded in the SLAC Large Detector experiment. We compared our measurement with the predictions of a number of fragmentation models. We excluded several of these models and measured the average scaled energy of weakly decaying B hadrons to be (xB) = 0.714 ± 0.005(stat) ± 0.007(syst) ± 0.002 (model dependence).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4300-4304
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume84
Issue number19
DOIs
StatePublished - 8 May 2000
Externally publishedYes

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