Bd 0meson oscillations are measured in hadronic Z0decays using the charge of a lepton or the mean charge of an event hemisphere to sign the presence of a b or a b quark when it is produced, and using the charge of a lepton emitted at large ptor of a D∗±to sign the presence of a B or a B meson when it decays. With 3.2 million hadronic Z0decays registered by DELPHI between 1991 and 1994, the mass difference Δmdbetween the two physical Bd 0states is measured in four channels: Δmd= 0.523 ± 0.072 ± 0.043 ps-1(D∗±- Qhem) Δmd= 0.493 ± 0.042 ± 0.027 ps-1(ℓ - Qhem) Δmd= 0.499 ± 0.053 ± 0.015 ps-1((π∗- ℓ) - Qhem) Δmd= 0.480 ± 0.040 ± 0.051 ps-1(ℓ - ℓ). Taking into account the statistical overlap between these measurements and the common systematic uncertainties, the combined result is: Δmd= 0.497 ± 0.035 ps-1.
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