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Author Stuart, Robin G.
Source arXiv.org
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Date of Submission 1999-02-05
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Natural sciences & mathematics ♦ Physics
Subject Keyword High Energy Physics - Phenomenology ♦ physics:hep-ph
Abstract Over 40 years after the calculation of the 1-loop QED corrections to the muon lifetime, new theoretical developments have made it possible to obtain an analytic expression for the complete 2-loop QED contributions in the Fermi theory. The exact result for the effects of virtual and real photons, virtual electrons, muons and hadrons as well as e+e- pair creation is Delta Gamma^(2)=Gamma_0(alpha/pi)^2[(156815/5184)-(1036/27)zeta(2) -(895/36)zeta(3)+(67/8)zeta(4) +53zeta(2)ln(2)-(0.042+/-0.002)] where Gamma_0 is the tree-level width. This eliminates the theoretical error in the extracted value of the Fermi coupling constant, G_F, which was previously the source of the dominant uncertainty. The new value is G_F=(1.16637 +/- 0.00001) x 10^-5 GeV^-2 The overall error has been roughly halved and is now entirely experimental. Several experiments are planned for the next generation of muon lifetime measurements and these can proceed unhindered by theoretical uncertainties.
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Page Count 9


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