A new measurement of the τ lifetime is presented. It uses data collected with the Opal detector during 1994, which almost doubles the size of the Opal τ sample. Two statistically independent techniques are used: an impact parameter analysis of one-prong decay tracks and a fit to the decay length distribution of three-prong decays. The lifetime obtained from the 1994 data by combining the results of these methods is τ(τ) = 289.7 ± 2.5 (stat)± 1.5 (sys) fs. When combined with the previous Opal τ lifetime measurement the improved τ lifetime is τ(τ) = 289.2 ± 1.7 (stat.) ± 1.2 (sys.) fs.
Alexander, G. (1996). "Improved measurement of the lifetime of the τ lepton." Physics Letters B, 374(4):341-350. http://www.dx.doi.org/10.1016/0370-2693(96)00255-9.
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