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Measurement of $B^0_s$ and $D^-_s$ meson lifetimes


LHCb Collaboration; Bernet, R; Müller, K; Serra, N; Steinkamp, O; Straumann, U; Vollhardt, A; et al (2017). Measurement of $B^0_s$ and $D^-_s$ meson lifetimes. Physical Review Letters, 119(10):101801.

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We report on a measurement of the flavor-specific $B^0_s$ lifetime and of the $D^-_s$ lifetime using proton-proton collisions at center-of-mass energies of 7 and 8 TeV, collected by the LHCb experiment and corresponding to 3.0  $fb^{−1}$ of integrated luminosity. Approximately 407 000 $B^0_s \to D^{(*)-}_s \mu^+\nu_{\mu}$ decays are partially reconstructed in the $K^+ K^- \pi^- \mu^+$ final state. The $B^0_s$ and $D^-_s$ natural widths are determined using, as a reference, kinematically similar $B^0_s \to D^{(*)-}_s \mu^+\nu_{\mu}$ decays reconstructed in the same final state. The resulting differences between widths of $B^0_s$ and $B^0$ mesons and of $D^-_s$ and $D^-$ mesons are $\Delta_{\Gamma}(B) = −0.0115 \pm 0.0053 (stat) \pm 0.0041 (syst)  ps^{-1}$ and $\Delta_{\Gamma}(D) = 1.0131 \pm 0.0117 (stat) \pm 0.0065 (syst)  ps^{-1}$, respectively. Combined with the known $B^0$ and $D^-$ lifetimes, these yield the flavor-specific $B^0_s$ lifetime, $\tau^{fs}_{B^0_s} = 1.547 \pm 0.013 (stat) ± 0.010 (syst) ± 0.004 (\tau_B)  ps$ and the $D^-_s$ lifetime, $\tau_{D^-_s} = 0.5064 \pm 0.0030 (stat) \pm 0.0017 (syst) \pm 0.0017 (\tau_D)$ ps. The last uncertainties originate from the limited knowledge of the $B^0$ and $D^−$ lifetimes. The results improve upon current determinations.

Abstract

We report on a measurement of the flavor-specific $B^0_s$ lifetime and of the $D^-_s$ lifetime using proton-proton collisions at center-of-mass energies of 7 and 8 TeV, collected by the LHCb experiment and corresponding to 3.0  $fb^{−1}$ of integrated luminosity. Approximately 407 000 $B^0_s \to D^{(*)-}_s \mu^+\nu_{\mu}$ decays are partially reconstructed in the $K^+ K^- \pi^- \mu^+$ final state. The $B^0_s$ and $D^-_s$ natural widths are determined using, as a reference, kinematically similar $B^0_s \to D^{(*)-}_s \mu^+\nu_{\mu}$ decays reconstructed in the same final state. The resulting differences between widths of $B^0_s$ and $B^0$ mesons and of $D^-_s$ and $D^-$ mesons are $\Delta_{\Gamma}(B) = −0.0115 \pm 0.0053 (stat) \pm 0.0041 (syst)  ps^{-1}$ and $\Delta_{\Gamma}(D) = 1.0131 \pm 0.0117 (stat) \pm 0.0065 (syst)  ps^{-1}$, respectively. Combined with the known $B^0$ and $D^-$ lifetimes, these yield the flavor-specific $B^0_s$ lifetime, $\tau^{fs}_{B^0_s} = 1.547 \pm 0.013 (stat) ± 0.010 (syst) ± 0.004 (\tau_B)  ps$ and the $D^-_s$ lifetime, $\tau_{D^-_s} = 0.5064 \pm 0.0030 (stat) \pm 0.0017 (syst) \pm 0.0017 (\tau_D)$ ps. The last uncertainties originate from the limited knowledge of the $B^0$ and $D^−$ lifetimes. The results improve upon current determinations.

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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:30 Jan 2018 16:33
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.119.101801

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