I will put the question in exact wording that the prof gave us:(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

A B+ - B- pair is produced in the decay of at Z0. The B then decays to D + X, where X represents some other particles, with a lifetime of 1.638 x 10^12 s. On average how far will the B0 travel before decaying? This is how the lifetime of the B was measured, by measuring the distance from the production vertex to a secondary vertex where it decayed. (M_B0 = 5.279Gev, M_Z0 = 91.188Gev).

2. Relevant equations

All I can think of that may help me (beside a clearer wording of the question) would be:

[tex] \tau = \frac{1}{\Gamma_{t}} [/tex]

where $\tau$ is the lifetime of the particle and $\Gamma_{t}$ is the decay width.

3. The attempt at a solution

I just don't understand where the B0 comes from in this context? It just appears in the question. Is B0 a combination of B- and B+? How would the hint (at the end of the question, the masses of the particles) be any use if I use the formula in the 2nd part?

Any thoughts?

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

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