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Search for rare B0(s)→μ+μ−μ+μ− decays


LHCb Collaboration; et al; Bernet, R; Müller, K; Steinkamp, O; Straumann, U; Vollhardt, A (2013). Search for rare B0(s)→μ+μ−μ+μ− decays. Physical Review Letters, 110:211801.

Abstract

A search for the decays B(0)((s))→μ(+)μ(-)μ(+)μ(-) and B(0)→μ(+)μ(-)μ(+)μ(-) is performed using data, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 1.0 fb(-1), collected with the LHCb detector in 2011. The number of candidates observed is consistent with the expected background and, assuming phase-space models of the decays, limits on the branching fractions are set: B(B(s)(0)→μ(+)μ(-)μ(+)μ(-))<1.6(1.2)×10(-8) and B(B(0)→μ(+)μ(-)μ(+)μ(-))<6.6(5.3)×10(-9) at 95% (90%) confidence level. In addition, limits are set in the context of a supersymmetric model which allows for the B((s))(0) meson to decay into a scalar (S) and pseudoscalar particle (P), where S and P have masses of 2.5 GeV/c and 214.3 MeV/c, respectively, both resonances decay into μ(+)μ(-). The branching fraction limits for these decays are B(B(s)(0)→SP)<1.6(1.2)×10(-8) and B(B(0)→SP)<6.3(5.1)×10(-9) at 95% (90%) confidence level.

Abstract

A search for the decays B(0)((s))→μ(+)μ(-)μ(+)μ(-) and B(0)→μ(+)μ(-)μ(+)μ(-) is performed using data, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 1.0 fb(-1), collected with the LHCb detector in 2011. The number of candidates observed is consistent with the expected background and, assuming phase-space models of the decays, limits on the branching fractions are set: B(B(s)(0)→μ(+)μ(-)μ(+)μ(-))<1.6(1.2)×10(-8) and B(B(0)→μ(+)μ(-)μ(+)μ(-))<6.6(5.3)×10(-9) at 95% (90%) confidence level. In addition, limits are set in the context of a supersymmetric model which allows for the B((s))(0) meson to decay into a scalar (S) and pseudoscalar particle (P), where S and P have masses of 2.5 GeV/c and 214.3 MeV/c, respectively, both resonances decay into μ(+)μ(-). The branching fraction limits for these decays are B(B(s)(0)→SP)<1.6(1.2)×10(-8) and B(B(0)→SP)<6.3(5.1)×10(-9) at 95% (90%) confidence level.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute
Dewey Decimal Classification:530 Physics
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:17 Feb 2014 13:42
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:36
Publisher:American Physical Society
ISSN:0031-9007
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.211801

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