Improved search for B0s - B̄0s oscillations: The ALEPH Collaboration

A. Heister, S. Schael, R. Barate, I. De Bonis, D. Decamp, C. Goy, J. P. Lees, E. Merle, M. N. Minard, B. Pietrzyk, G. Boix, S. Bravo, M. P. Casado, M. Chmeissani, J. M. Crespo, E. Fernandez, M. Fernandez-Bosman, Ll Garrido, E. Grauǵes, M. MartinezG. Merino, R. Miquel, Ll M. Mir, A. Pacheco, H. Ruiz, A. Colaleo, D. Creanza, M. de Palma, G. Iaselli, G. Maggi, M. Maggi, 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, P. Azzurri, O. Buchmüller, M. Cattaneo, F. Cerutti, B. Clerbaux, H. Drevermann, R. W. Forty, M. Frank, F. Gianotti, T. C. Greening, J. B. Hansen, J. Harvey, D. E. Hutchcroft, P. Janot, B. Jost, M. Kado, P. Mato, A. Moutoussi, F. Ranjard, L. Rolandi, D. Schlatter, O. Schneider, G. Sguazzoni, W. Tejessy, F. Teubert, A. Valassi, I. Videau, J. Ward, F. Badaud, A. Falvard, P. Gay, P. Henrard, J. Jousset, B. Michel, S. Monteil, C. J. Montret, D. Pallin, P. Perret, J. D. Hansen, J. R. Hansen, P. H. Hansen, B. S. Nilsson, A. Kyriakis, C. Markou, E. Simopoulou, A. Vayaki, K. Zachariadou, A. Blondel, G. Bonneaud, J. C. Brient, A. Rougé, M. Rumpf, M. Swynghedauw, M. Verderi, H. Videau, V. Ciulli, E. Focardi, G. Parrini, A. Antonelli, M. Antonelli, G. Bencivenni, F. Bossi, P. Campana, G. Capon, V. Chiarella, P. Laurelli, G. Mannocchi, F. Murtas, G. P. Murtas, L. Passalacqua, M. Pepe-Altarelli, A. Halley, J. G. Lynch, P. Negus, V. O'Shea, C. Raine, A. S. Thompson, S. Wasserbaech, R. Cavanaugh, S. Dhamotharan, C. Geweniger, P. Hanke, V. Hepp, E. E. Kluge, A. Putzer, H. Stenzel, K. Tittel, M. Wunsch, R. Beuselinck, D. M. Binnie, W. Cameron, P. J. Dornan, M. Girone, N. Marinelli, J. K. Sedgbeer, J. C. Thompson, V. M. Ghete, P. Girtler, E. Kneringer, D. Kuhn, G. Rudolph, E. Bouhova-Thacker, C. K. Bowdery, A. J. Finch, F. Foster, G. Hughes, R. W.L. Jones, M. R. Pearson, N. A. Robertson, K. Jakobs, K. Kleinknecht, G. Quast, B. Renk, H. G. Sander, H. Wachsmuth, C. Zeitnitz, A. Bonissent, P. Coyle, O. Leroy, P. Payre, D. Rousseau, M. Talby, F. Ragusa, A. David, H. Dietl, G. Ganis, K. Hüttmann, G. Lütjens, W. Männer, H. G. Moser, R. Settles, W. Wiedenmann, G. Wolf, J. Boucrot, O. Callot, M. Davier, L. Duflot, J. F. Grivaz, Ph Heusse, A. Jacholkowska, J. Lefrançois, J. J. Veillet, C. Yuan, G. Bagliesi, T. Boccali, L. Foà, A. Giammanco, A. Giassi, F. Ligabue, A. Messineo, F. Palla, G. Sanguinetti, A. Sciabà, P. Spagnolo, R. Tenchini, A. Venturi, P. G. Verdini, Z. Xie, G. A. Blair, G. Cowan, M. G. Green, T. Medcalf, A. Misiejuk, J. A. Strong, P. Teixeira-Dias, R. W. Clifft, T. R. Edgecock, P. R. Norton, I. R. Tomalin, B. Bloch-Devaux, P. Colas, S. Emery, W. Kozanecki, E. Lançon, M. C. Lemaire, E. Locci, P. Perez, J. Rander, J. F. Renardy, A. Roussarie, J. P. Schuller, J. Schwindling, A. Trabelsi, B. Vallage, N. Konstantinidis, A. M. Litke, G. Taylor, C. N. Booth, S. Cartwright, F. Combley, M. Lehto, L. F. Thompson, K. Affholderbach, A. Böhrer, S. Brandt, C. Grupen, A. Ngac, G. Prange, U. Sieler, G. Giannini, J. Rothberg, S. R. Armstrong, K. Berkelman, K. Cranmer, D. P.S. Ferguson, Y. Gao, S. González, O. J. Hayes, H. Hu, S. Jin, J. Kile, P. A. McNamara, J. Nielsen, Y. B. Pan, J. H. von Wimmersperg-Toeller, W. Wiedenmann, J. Wu, Sau Lan Wu, X. Wu, G. Zobernig, G. Dissertori

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    An improved search for B0s oscillations is performed in the ALEPH data sample collected during the first phase of LEP, and reprocessed in 1998. Three analyses based on complementary event selections are presented. First, decays of B0s mesons into hadronic flavour eigenstates are fully reconstructed. This selection yields a small sample of candidates with excellent decay length and momentum resolution and high average B0s purity. Semileptonic decays with a reconstructed D-s meson provide a second sample with larger statistics, high average B0s purity, but a poorer momentum and decay length resolution due to the partial decay reconstruction. Finally, semileptonic b-hadron decays are inclusively selected and yield the data sample with the highest sensitivity to B0s oscillations, as the much higher statistics compensate for the low average B0s purity and poorer time resolution. A lower limit is set at Δms > 10.9ps-1 at 95%C.L., significantly lower than the expected limit of 15.2 ps-1.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)143-170
    Number of pages28
    JournalEuropean Physical Journal C
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Jul 2003

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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