Collisions with WW decays are much more difficult to analyse than Z0 decays. These collisions have much higher energy, around 200 GeV, and since it is two decaying vector bosons, there are many more particle tracks in the detector. The goal of the exercise with the WW decays is to measure the branching ratios of the W particle, much in the same way as was done for the Z0 particle.

First read the chapter "Picture analysis" and the pages that describe how to calculate the branching ratios for the Z0 particle ("Z0-exercise 1"), that information is partly relevant also for the WW decays.

A W particle has four decay possibilities, it can decay into:

The three first possibilities are together called leptonic decays, and the last is called hadronic decay. We can calculate the branching ratio of the W particle by analysing pictures of WW decays and counting the number of times the different decay possibilities occur.