Method for an unbinned measurement of the q 2 dependent decay amplitudes of B¯0→K∗0μ+μ−decays

U. Egede, M. Patel, K. A. Petridis

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Abstract: A method for determining the q2 dependent K¯∗0$$ {\overline{K}}^{\ast 0} $$ spin amplitudes of B¯0K¯∗0μ+μ−$$ {\overline{B}}^0\to {\overline{K}}^{\ast 0}{\mu}^{+}{\mu}^{-} $$ decays through a maximum likelihood fit to data is presented. While current experimental techniques extract a limited set of observables in bins of q2, our approach allows for the determination of all observable quantities as continuous distributions in q2. By doing this, the method eliminates the need to correct theory predictions of these observables for q2 averaging effects, thus increasing the sensitivity to the effects of physics beyond the Standard Model. Accounting for the symmetries of the angular distribution and using a three parameter ansatz for the q2 dependence of the amplitudes, the precision of the angular observables and the sensitivity to new physics is estimated using simulated events. These studies are based on the sample sizes collected by the LHCb experiment during Run-I and expected for Run-II.

Original languageEnglish
Article number84
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Rare decay
  • Beyond Standard Model
  • B physics
  • Flavour Changing Neutral Currents
  • Hadron-Hadron Scattering

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