Strange Particle Production in Hadronic Z Boson Decays
A study has been made of neutral strange baryons and pseudoscalar mesons produced in hadronic decays of the weak gauge boson Z^0. The experiment was performed at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, which has the unique capability of colliding highly polarized electrons with unpolarized positrons. Overall production rates and spectra of the K^0 and the Lambda^0(+|Lambda ^0) were measured and compared with other experiments as well as with Quantum Chromodynamics calculations. The combination of the small, stable beam spots produced by the SLAC Linear Collider (SLC) and the precision vertexing capabilities of the SLAC Large Detector (SLD) permitted the separation of the hadronic events into three quark flavor-enriched samples. An unfolding was performed to obtain flavor-pure samples, and for the first time measurements were made of K^0 and Lambda ^0(+|Lambda^0) production rates and spectra in uds, c, and b quark events at the Z^0 pole. This measurement revealed significant production differences. Utilizing the large quark production asymmetry due to the polarized electron beam, high-purity quark and antiquark jet samples were obtained. The first measurement of production differences of the Lambda^0 baryon in quark and antiquark jets was performed, which provided clear evidence for a leading particle effect at high momenta.
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- STRANGE PRODUCTION;
- Z BOSON;
- LAMBDA BARYON;
- Physics: Elementary Particles and High Energy