Determination of the QCD coupling from ALEPH τ decay data

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We present a comprehensive study of the determination of the strong coupling from τ decay, using the most recent release of the experimental ALEPH data. We critically review all theoretical strategies used in previous works and put forward various novel approaches which allow one to study complementary aspects of the problem. We investigate the advantages and disadvantages of the different methods, trying to uncover their potential hidden weaknesses and test the stability of the obtained results under slight variations of the assumed inputs. We perform several determinations, using different methodologies, and find a very consistent set of results. All determinations are in excellent agreement, and allow us to extract a very reliable value for αs(mτ2). The main uncertainty originates in the pure perturbative error from unknown higher orders. Taking into account the systematic differences between the results obtained with the contour-improved perturbation theory and fixed-order perturbation theory prescriptions, we find αs(nf=3)(mτ2)=0.328±0.013 which implies αs(nf=5)(MZ2)=0.1197±0.0015.


External organisations
  • CSIC-UV - Instituto de Física Corpuscular (IFIC)
  • University of Valencia
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  • Subatomic Physics
Original languageEnglish
Article number034027
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Aug 12
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes