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Precise determination of the strong coupling constant at NNLO in QCD from the three-jet rate in electron-positron annihilation at LEP.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Physical Review Letters
1079-7114
Publisher
American Physical Society
Publication Date
Volume
104
Issue
7
Pages
72002–72002
Identifiers
PMID: 20366873
Source
Medline
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Abstract

We present the first determination of the strong coupling constant from the three-jet rate in e{+}e{-} annihilation at LEP, based on a next-to-next-to-leading-order (NNLO) perturbative QCD prediction. More precisely, we extract alpha{s}(M{Z}) by fitting perturbative QCD predictions at O(alpha{s}{3}) to data from the ALEPH experiment at LEP. Over a large range of the jet-resolution parameter y{cut}, this observable is characterized by small nonperturbative corrections and an excellent stability under renormalization scale variation. We find alpha{s}(M{Z})=0.1175+/-0.0020(expt)+/-0.0015(theor), which is more accurate than the values of alpha{s}(M{Z}) from e{+}e{-} event-shape data currently used in the world average.

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