Modified contour-improved perturbation theory (published November 2010)

The semihadronic tau decay width allows a clean extraction of the strong coupling constant at low energies. We present a modification of the standard “contour-improved” method based on a derivative expansion of the Adler function. The new approach has some advantages compared to contour-improved perturbation theory. The renormalization scale dependence is weaker by more than a factor of 2 and the last term of the expansion is reduced by about 10%, while the renormalization scheme dependence remains approximately equal. The extracted QCD coupling at the tau mass scale is by 2% lower than the contour-improved value. We find α_{s}(M_{Z}^{2})=0.1211±0.0010.

G. Cvetič, M. Loewe, C. Martinez and C. Valenzuela, Phys. Rev. D 82, 093007. DOI:


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