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Observation of the doubly charmed baryon $\Xi_{cc}^{++}$


LHCb Collaboration; Bernet, R; Müller, K; Serra, N; Steinkamp, O; Straumann, U; Vollhardt, A; et al (2017). Observation of the doubly charmed baryon $\Xi_{cc}^{++}$. Physical Review Letters, 119(11):112001.

Abstract

A highly significant structure is observed in the $\Lambda^+_c K^-\pi^+\pi^+$ mass spectrum, where the $\Lambda^+_c$ baryon is reconstructed in the decay mode $pK^-\pi^+$. The structure is consistent with originating from a weakly decaying particle, identified as the doubly charmed baryon $\Xi_{cc}^{++}$. The difference between the masses of the $\Xi_{cc}^{++}$ and $\Lambda^+_c$ states is measured to be $1334.94 \pm 0.72(stat.) \pm 0.27(syst.)  MeV/c^2$, and the $\Xi_{cc}^{++}$ mass is then determined to be $3621.40 \pm 0.72(stat.) \pm 0.27(syst.) \pm 0.14(\Lambda^+_c)  MeV/c^2$, where the last uncertainty is due to the limited knowledge of the $\Lambda^+_c$ mass. The state is observed in a sample of proton-proton collision data collected by the LHCb experiment at a center-of-mass energy of 13 TeV, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 1.7  fb$^{−1}$, and confirmed in an additional sample of data collected at 8 TeV.

Abstract

A highly significant structure is observed in the $\Lambda^+_c K^-\pi^+\pi^+$ mass spectrum, where the $\Lambda^+_c$ baryon is reconstructed in the decay mode $pK^-\pi^+$. The structure is consistent with originating from a weakly decaying particle, identified as the doubly charmed baryon $\Xi_{cc}^{++}$. The difference between the masses of the $\Xi_{cc}^{++}$ and $\Lambda^+_c$ states is measured to be $1334.94 \pm 0.72(stat.) \pm 0.27(syst.)  MeV/c^2$, and the $\Xi_{cc}^{++}$ mass is then determined to be $3621.40 \pm 0.72(stat.) \pm 0.27(syst.) \pm 0.14(\Lambda^+_c)  MeV/c^2$, where the last uncertainty is due to the limited knowledge of the $\Lambda^+_c$ mass. The state is observed in a sample of proton-proton collision data collected by the LHCb experiment at a center-of-mass energy of 13 TeV, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 1.7  fb$^{−1}$, and confirmed in an additional sample of data collected at 8 TeV.

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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:08 Feb 2018 11:35
Last Modified:23 Sep 2018 06:13
Publisher:American Physical Society
ISSN:0031-9007
OA Status:Hybrid
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Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.112001

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