# Observation of the decay $\Xi_b^- \to pK^-K^-$

LHCb Collaboration; Bernet, R; Müller, K; Serra, N; Steinkamp, O; Straumann, U; Vollhardt, A; et al (2017). Observation of the decay $\Xi_b^- \to pK^-K^-$. Physical Review Letters, 118(7):071801.

## Abstract

Decays of the $\Xi^-_b$ and $\Omega^-_b$ baryons to the charmless final states $ph^-h^{\prime -}$, where $h^{(\prime)}$ denotes a kaon or pion, are searched for with the LHCb detector. The analysis is based on a sample of proton-proton collision data collected at center-of-mass energies $\sqrt{s}$ = 7 and 8 TeV, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 3  fb$^{−1}$. The decay $\Xi_b^- \to pK^-K^-$ is observed with a significance of 8.7 standard deviations, and evidence at the level of 3.4 standard deviations is found for the $\Xi_b^- \to pK^-\pi^-$ decay. Results are reported, relative to the $B^- \to K^+K^-K^-$ normalization channel, for the products of branching fractions and b-hadron production fractions. The branching fractions of $\Xi_b^- \to pK^-\pi^-$ and $\Xi_b^- \to p\pi^-\pi^-$ relative to $\Xi_b^- \to pK^-K^-$ decays are also measured.

## Abstract

Decays of the $\Xi^-_b$ and $\Omega^-_b$ baryons to the charmless final states $ph^-h^{\prime -}$, where $h^{(\prime)}$ denotes a kaon or pion, are searched for with the LHCb detector. The analysis is based on a sample of proton-proton collision data collected at center-of-mass energies $\sqrt{s}$ = 7 and 8 TeV, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 3  fb$^{−1}$. The decay $\Xi_b^- \to pK^-K^-$ is observed with a significance of 8.7 standard deviations, and evidence at the level of 3.4 standard deviations is found for the $\Xi_b^- \to pK^-\pi^-$ decay. Results are reported, relative to the $B^- \to K^+K^-K^-$ normalization channel, for the products of branching fractions and b-hadron production fractions. The branching fractions of $\Xi_b^- \to pK^-\pi^-$ and $\Xi_b^- \to p\pi^-\pi^-$ relative to $\Xi_b^- \to pK^-K^-$ decays are also measured.

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Item Type: Journal Article, refereed, original work 07 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute 530 Physics Physical Sciences > General Physics and Astronomy English 2017 08 Feb 2018 11:29 28 Jul 2020 13:00 American Physical Society 0031-9007 Hybrid Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.071801

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