Muon-pair and tau-pair production in two-photon collisions at LEP

P. Achard, O. Adriani, M. Aguilar-Benitez, J. Alcaraz, G. Alemanni, J. Allaby, A. Aloisio, M. G. Alviggi, H. Anderhub, V. P. Andreev, F. Anselmo, A. Arefiev, T. Azemoon, T. Aziz, P. Bagnaia, A. Bajo, G. Baksay, L. Baksay, S. V. Baldew, S. BanerjeeSw Banerjee, A. Barczyk, R. Barillère, P. Bartalini, M. Basile, N. Batalova, R. Battiston, A. Bay, F. Becattini, U. Becker, F. Behner, L. Bellucci, R. Berbeco, J. Berdugo, P. Berges, B. Bertucci, B. L. Betev, M. Biasini, M. Biglietti, A. Biland, J. J. Blaising, S. C. Blyth, G. J. Bobbink, A. Böhm, L. Boldizsar, B. Borgia, S. Bottai, D. Bourilkov, M. Bourquin, J. Mans, L3 Collaboration

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The QED processes e+e- → e+e-μ+μ- and e+e- → e+e-τ+τ- are studied with the L3 detector at LEP using an untagged data sample collected at centre-of-mass energies 161 GeV ≤ √s ≤ 209 GeV. The τ-pairs are observed through the associated decay of one τ into eνν and the other into ππν. The cross sections are measured as a function of √s. For muon pairs, the cross section of the γγ → μ+μ- process is also measured as a function of the two-photon centre-of-mass energy for 3 GeV ≤ Wγγ ≤ 40 GeV. Good agreement is found between these measurements and the O(α4) QED expectations. In addition, limits on the anomalous magnetic and electric dipole moments of the τ lepton are extracted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-62
Number of pages10
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Apr 8 2004

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