Study of the five-charged-pion decay of the τ lepton

D. Gibaut, K. Kinoshita, B. Barish, M. Chadha, S. Chan, D. F. Cowen, G. Eigen, J. S. Miller, C. O'Grady, J. Urheim, A. J. Weinstein, D. Acosta, M. Athanas, G. Masek, H. P. Paar, J. Gronberg, R. Kutschke, S. Menary, R. J. Morrison, S. NakanishiH. N. Nelson, T. K. Nelson, C. Qiao, J. D. Richman, A. Ryd, H. Tajima, D. Sperka, M. S. Witherell, M. Procario, R. Balest, K. Cho, M. Daoudi, W. T. Ford, D. R. Johnson, K. Lingel, M. Lohner, P. Rankin, J. G. Smith, J. P. Alexander, C. Bebek, K. Berkelman, K. Bloom, T. E. Browder, D. G. Cassel, H. A. Cho, D. M. Coffman, D. S. Crowcroft, P. S. Drell, R. Ehrlich, P. Gaidarev, R. S. Galik, M. Garcia-Sciveres, B. Geiser, B. Gittelman, S. W. Gray, D. L. Hartill, B. K. Heltsley, C. D. Jones, S. L. Jones, J. Kandaswamy, N. Katayama, P. C. Kim, D. L. Kreinick, G. S. Ludwig, J. Masui, J. Mevissen, N. B. Mistry, C. R. Ng, E. Nordberg, J. R. Patterson, D. Peterson, D. Riley, S. Salman, M. Sapper, F. Würthwein, P. Avery, A. Freyberger, J. Rodriguez, R. Stephens, S. Yang, J. Yelton, D. Cinabro, S. Henderson, T. Liu, M. Saulnier, R. Wilson, H. Yamamoto, T. Bergfeld, B. I. Eisenstein, G. Gollin, B. Ong, M. Palmer, M. Selen, J. J. Thaler, K. W. Edwards, M. Ogg, A. Bellerive, D. I. Britton, E. R.F. Hyatt, D. B. MacFarlane, P. M. Patel, B. Spaan, A. J. Sadoff, R. Ammar, S. Ball, P. Baringer, A. Bean, D. Besson, D. Coppage, N. Copty, R. Davis, N. Hancock, M. Kelly, S. Kotov, I. Kravchenko, N. Kwak, H. Lam, Y. Kubota, M. Lattery, M. Momayezi, J. K. Nelson, S. Patton, D. Perticone, R. Poling, V. Savinov, S. Schrenk, R. Wang, M. S. Alam, I. J. Kim, B. Nemati, J. J. O'Neill, H. Severini, C. R. Sun, M. M. Zoeller, G. Crawford, C. M. Daubenmier, R. Fulton, D. Fujino, K. K. Gan, K. Honscheid, H. Kagan, R. Kass, J. Lee, R. Malchow, Y. Skovpen, M. Sung, C. White, F. Butler, X. Fu, G. Kalbfleisch, W. R. Ross, P. Skubic, M. Wood, J. Fast, R. L. McIlwain, T. Miao, D. H. Miller, M. Modesitt, D. Payne, E. I. Shibata, I. P.J. Shipsey, P. N. Wang, M. Battle, J. Ernst, L. Gibbons, Y. Kwon, S. Roberts, E. H. Thorndike, C. H. Wang, J. Dominick, M. Lambrecht, S. Sanghera, V. Shelkov, T. Skwarnicki, R. Stroynowski, I. Volobouev, G. Wei, P. Zadorozhny, M. Artuso, M. Goldberg, D. He, N. Horwitz, R. Kennett, R. Mountain, G. C. Moneti, F. Muheim, Y. Mukhin, S. Playfer, Y. Rozen, S. Stone, M. Thulasidas, G. Vasseur, X. Xing, G. Zhu, J. Bartelt, S. E. Csorna, Z. Egyed, V. Jain

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Abstract

The branching fractions for the five-charged-particle decays of the τ lepton have been measured in e+e- annihilations using the CLEO II detector at the Cornell Electron Storage Ring. Assuming all charged particles to be pions, the results are B(3π-2π+0 neutrals ντ)=(0.097±0. 005±0.011)%, B(3π-2π+ντ)=(0.077±0.005 ±0.009)%, B(3π-2π+π0ντ)=(0.019±0.004±0.004) %, and B(3π-2π+2π0ντ)<0.011% at the 90% C.L. B(3π-2π-π0ντ) is measured for the first time by exclusive π0 reconstruction. The results are compared with the predictions from the partially conserved-axial-current and conserved-vector-current hypotheses assuming isospin invariance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)934-938
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume73
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1994

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    Gibaut, D., Kinoshita, K., Barish, B., Chadha, M., Chan, S., Cowen, D. F., Eigen, G., Miller, J. S., O'Grady, C., Urheim, J., Weinstein, A. J., Acosta, D., Athanas, M., Masek, G., Paar, H. P., Gronberg, J., Kutschke, R., Menary, S., Morrison, R. J., ... Jain, V. (1994). Study of the five-charged-pion decay of the τ lepton. Physical review letters, 73(7), 934-938. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.73.934