Mass and width of unstable gauge bosons

  • H. Veltman

DOI: 10.1007/BF01559523

Cite this article as:
Veltman, H. Z. Phys. C - Particles and Fields (1994) 62: 35. doi:10.1007/BF01559523


It has been proposed that the mass of theZ0 boson should be defined as the real part, and the width of theZ0 as the imaginary part of the complex poleMc, for the reason thatMc is gauge invariant (g.i.). Clearly, this definition is only useful if we can calculate theS-matrix up to some accuracy in a g.i. way. This is not at all obvious, since the use of theZ0 dressed propagator mixes up the order of the diagrams, and thus order by order gauge invariance of theS-matrix, in this formulation, becomes an ill-defined concept.

By means of an infinitesimal change of the gauge breaking term, we investigate what happens to perturbative gauge invariance of theS-matrix in the non-perturbative energy region of theZ0 resonance.

Within the language of perturbation theory, we find that in fact there exists a Ward identity valid in the complex plane, i.e. for complex values of the momenta of the external legs, from which we can derive the gauge invariance ofMc

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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Veltman
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  1. 1.Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron-DESYHamburgGermany

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