Measurement of the Lambda_b lifetime and mass in the ATLAS experiment

ATLAS Collaboration, Wahid Bhimji, Andy Buckley, Philip Clark, Robert Harrington, Victoria Martin

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A measurement of the Lambda_b lifetime and mass in the decay channel Lambda_b -> J/psi(mu^+ mu^-) Lambda^0(p pi^-) is presented. The analysis uses a signal sample of about 2200 Lambda_b and anti-Lambda_b decays that are reconstructed in 4.9 fb^-1 of ATLAS pp collision data collected in 2011 at the LHC center-of-mass energy of 7 TeV. A simultaneous mass and decay time maximum likelihood fit is used to extract the Lambda_b lifetime and mass. They are measured to be tau(Lambda_b) = 1.449 +/- 0.036(stat) +/- 0.017(syst) ps and m(Lambda_b) = 5619.7 +/- 0.7(stat) +/- 1.1(syst) MeV.
Original languageEnglish
Article number32002
JournalPhysical Review D
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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