Measurement of B0-B̄0 flavor oscillations using jet-charge and lepton flavor tagging in pp̄ collisions at √s=1.8 TeV Academic Article uri icon


  • We present a measurement of the mass difference Δmd for the B0 meson and the statistical power of the b flavor tagging methods used. The measurement uses 90 pb-1 of data from pp̄ collisions at √s= 1.8 TeV collected with the CDF detector. An inclusive lepton trigger is used to collect a large sample of B hadron semileptonic decays. The mass difference Δmd is determined from the proper time dependence of the fraction of B hadrons that undergo flavor oscillations. The flavor at decay is inferred from the charge of the lepton from semileptonic B decay. The initial flavor is inferred by determining the flavor of the other B hadron produced in the collision, either from its semileptonic decay (soft-lepton tag) or from its jet charge. The measurement yields Δmd=(0.500±0.052±0.043)ℏ ps-1, where the first uncertainty is statistical and the second uncertainty is systematic. The statistical powers (∈D2) of the soft-lepton and jet-charge flavor taggers are (0.91±0.10 ±0.11)% and (0.78±0.12±0.08)%, respectively. ©1999 The American Physical Society.

author list (cited authors)

  • Abe, F., Akimoto, H., Akopian, A., Albrow, M. G., Amendolia, S. R., Amidei, D., ... Dell'Orso, M.

publication date

  • October 1999