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First experimental study of photon polarization in radiative $B^0_s$ decays


LHCb Collaboration; Bernet, R; Müller, K; Serra, N; Steinkamp, O; Straumann, U; Vollhardt, A; et al (2017). First experimental study of photon polarization in radiative $B^0_s$ decays. Physical Review Letters, 118(2):021801.

Abstract

The polarization of photons produced in radiative $B^0_s$ decays is studied for the first time. The data are recorded by the LHCb experiment in $pp$ collisions corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 3  fb$^{−1}$ at center-of-mass energies of 7 and 8 TeV. A time-dependent analysis of the $B^0_s \to \phi\gamma$ decay rate is conducted to determine the parameter $\mathcal{A}^{\Delta}$, which is related to the ratio of right- over left-handed photon polarization amplitudes in $b \to s\gamma$ transitions. A value of $\mathcal{A}^{\Delta} = −0.98^{+0.46^{+0.23}}_{−0.52_{−0.20}}$ is measured. This result is consistent with the standard model prediction within 2 standard deviations.

Abstract

The polarization of photons produced in radiative $B^0_s$ decays is studied for the first time. The data are recorded by the LHCb experiment in $pp$ collisions corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 3  fb$^{−1}$ at center-of-mass energies of 7 and 8 TeV. A time-dependent analysis of the $B^0_s \to \phi\gamma$ decay rate is conducted to determine the parameter $\mathcal{A}^{\Delta}$, which is related to the ratio of right- over left-handed photon polarization amplitudes in $b \to s\gamma$ transitions. A value of $\mathcal{A}^{\Delta} = −0.98^{+0.46^{+0.23}}_{−0.52_{−0.20}}$ is measured. This result is consistent with the standard model prediction within 2 standard deviations.

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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:2017
Deposited On:29 Jan 2018 14:19
Last Modified:19 Feb 2018 10:43
Publisher:American Physical Society
ISSN:0031-9007
OA Status:Hybrid
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Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.021801

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