We report new limits on the nucleon lifetime obtained with the Irvine-Michigan-Brookhaven water Cherenkov detector. Techniques in track fitting, particle identification, and invariant-mass reconstruction provide information about multitrack events which leads to a significant reduction in background for most decay modes. Data obtained during the initial 417-day run and during the subsequent 69-day run with enhanced light collection are discussed. A background subtraction is made, yielding 90%-confidence-level lower bounds on the nucleon partial lifetime per branching fraction in the range (0.6-46.0)×1031 yr for 23 decay channels.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)