The production cross section of electrons from semileptonic decays of beauty hadrons was measured at mid-rapidity (
below 0.8) in the transverse momentum range larger than 1 and smaller than 8 GeV/c with the ALICE experiment at the CERN LHC in pp collisions at a center of mass energy View the MathML source using an integrated luminosity of 2.2 nb−1. Electrons from beauty hadron decays were selected based on the displacement of the decay vertex from the collision vertex. A perturbative QCD calculation agrees with the measurement within uncertainties. The data were extrapolated to the full phase space to determine the total cross section for the production of beauty quark뻕ntiquark pairs.