Total cross section for hadron production by e+e- annihilation at petra energies

W. Bartel, T. Canzler, D. Cords, P. Dittmann, R. Eichler, R. Felst, E. Gadermann, D. Haidt, S. Kawabata, H. Krehbiel, B. Naroska, L. H. O'Neill, J. Olsson, P. Steffen, W. L. Yen, E. Elsen, M. Helm, A. Petersen, H. Riege, P. WarmingG. Weber, H. Drumm, W. Farr, J. Heintze, G. Heinzelmann, R. D. Heuer, J. von Krogh, P. Lennert, H. Matsumura, T. Nosaki, H. Rieseberg, A. Wagner, J. Allison, J. Armitage, I. Duerdoth, F. Loebinger, A. Macbeth, H. Mills, D. Mercer, P. G. Murphy, H. Prosper, K. Stephens, D. C. Darvill, F. Foster, G. Hughes, H. Wriedt, D. Clarke, M. C. Goddard, R. Hedgecock, R. Marshall, G. F. Pearce, M. Imori, T. Kobayashi, S. Komamiya, M. Koshiba, M. Minowa, S. Orito, A. Sato, T. Suda, H. Takeda, Y. Totsuka, Y. Watanabe, S. Yamada, C. Yanagisawa

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The cross section for the process e+e- → multihadrons has been measured at the highest PETRA energies. We measure R (the total cross section in units of the point-like e+e- → μ+μ- cross section) to be 2.9 ± 0.7, 4.0 ± 0.5, 4.6 ± 0.4 and 4.2 ± 0.6 at s of 22, 27.7, 30 and 31.6 GeV, respectively. The observed average multiplicity, together with existing low energy data, indicate a rapid increase in multiplicity with increasing energy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-176
Number of pages6
JournalPhysics Letters B
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1979 Dec 3

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    Bartel, W., Canzler, T., Cords, D., Dittmann, P., Eichler, R., Felst, R., Gadermann, E., Haidt, D., Kawabata, S., Krehbiel, H., Naroska, B., O'Neill, L. H., Olsson, J., Steffen, P., Yen, W. L., Elsen, E., Helm, M., Petersen, A., Riege, H., ... Yanagisawa, C. (1979). Total cross section for hadron production by e+e- annihilation at petra energies. Physics Letters B, 88(1-2), 171-176.