Factorial and cumulant moments in e+e− → hadrons at the Z0 resonance

INFN Sezione di Pisa and Università di Pisa, I-56100 Pisa, Italy
Physics Letters B 03/1996; DOI: 10.1016/0370-2693(96)00046-9

ABSTRACT We present the first experimental study of the ratio of cumulant to factorial moments of the charged-particle multiplicity distribution in high-energy particle interactions, using hadronic Z0 decays collected by the SLD experiment at SLAC. We find that this ratio, as a function of the moment-rank q, decreases sharply to a negative minimum at q = 5, which is followed by quasi-oscillations. These features are insensitive to experimental systematic effects and are in qualitative agreement with expectations from next-to-next-to-leading-order perturbative QCD.

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