Three-prong τ decays with charged kaons

R. Barate*, D. Buskulic, D. Decamp, P. Ghez, C. Goy, J. P. Lees, A. Lucotte, M. N. Minard, J. Y. Nief, B. Pietrzyk, M. P. Casado, M. Chmeissani, P. Comas, J. M. Crespo, M. Delfino, E. Fernandez, M. Fernandez-Bosman, Ll Garrido, A. Juste, M. MartinezG. Merino, R. Miquel, Ll Mir, C. Padilla, I. C. Park, A. Pascual, J. A. Perlas, I. Riu, F. Sanchez, F. Teubert, A. Colaleo, D. Creanza, M. De Palma, G. Gelao, G. Iaselli, G. Maggi, M. Maggi, N. Marinelli, S. Nuzzo, A. Ranieri, G. Raso, F. Ruggieri, G. Selvaggi, L. Silvestris, P. Tempesta, A. Tricomi, G. Zito, X. Huang, J. Lin, Q. Ouyang, T. Wang, Y. Xie, R. Xu, S. Xue, J. Zhang, L. Zhang, W. Zhao, D. Abbaneo, R. Alemany, U. Becker, A. O. Bazarko, P. Bright-Thomas, M. Cattaneo, F. Cerutti, G. Dissertori, H. Drevermann, R. W. Forty, M. Frank, R. Hagelberg, J. B. Hansen, J. Harvey, P. Janot, B. Jost, E. Kneringer, J. Knobloch, I. Lehraus, G. Lutters, P. Mato, A. Minten, L. Moneta, A. Pacheco, J. F. Pusztaszeri, F. Ranjard, G. Rizzo, L. Rolandi, D. Rousseau, D. Schlatter, M. Schmitt, O. Schneider, W. Tejessy, I. R. Tomalin, H. Wachsmuth, A. Wagner, Z. Ajaltouni, A. Barrés, C. Boyer, A. Falvard, C. Ferdi, P. Gay

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Final states with charged kaons in three-prong τ decays are studied by exploiting the particle identification from the dE/dx measurement. The results are based on a sample of about 1.6 x 105 detected τ pairs collected with the ALEPH detector between 1991 and 1995 around the Z peak. The following branching ratios have been measured: B(τ- → K-K+π-ντ) = (1.63 ± 0.21 ± 0.17) x 10-3, B(τ- → K-π+π-ντ)=(2.14 ± 0.37 ± 0.29) x 10-3, B (τ- → K-K+π-π0ντ) = (0.75 ± 0.29 ± 0.15) x 10-3, and B(τ- → K-π+π-π0ν τ) = (0.61 ± 0.39 ± 0.18) x 10-3. The first two measurements are more precise than the current world averages, while the last two channels are investigated for the first time. The 95% C.L. upper limit on the branching ratio for the decay τ- → K-K+K-ντ is 0.19 x 10-3. A study of intermediate states occurring in the K-K+π-ντ and K-π+π-ντ decays is also presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-79
Number of pages15
JournalEuropean Physical Journal C
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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