Measurement of the b baryon lifetime and branching fractions in Z decays
The ALEPH Collaboration, R. Barate et al.
Laboratoire de Physique des Particules (LAPP), IN2P3-CNRS, F-74019 Annecy-le-Vieux Cedex, France
Received: 15 August 1997
Using approximately 4 million hadronic Z decays recorded with the ALEPH detector from 1991 through 1995, the lifetime of the b baryon is measured with three independent methods. From the impact parameter distribution of candidate leptons in 1063 events with combinations, the average b baryon lifetime is measured to be ps. From a sample of 193 fully reconstructed candidates correlated with a lepton and a sample of 46 combinations, the lifetime is measured to be ps. The product branching fractions to these final states are for the first sample and for the second and third samples combined.