Observation of Bc+ →d0K+ Decays

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Abstract

Using proton-proton collision data corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 3.0 fb-1, recorded by the LHCb detector at center-of-mass energies of 7 and 8 TeV, the Bc+→D0K+ decay is observed with a statistical significance of 5.1 standard deviations. By normalizing to B+→D0π+ decays, a measurement of the branching fraction multiplied by the production rates for Bc+ relative to B+ mesons in the LHCb acceptance is obtained, RD0K=(fc/fu)×B(Bc+→D0K+)=(9.3-2.5+2.8±0.6)×10-7, where the first uncertainty is statistical and the second is systematic. This decay is expected to proceed predominantly through weak annihilation and penguin amplitudes, and is the first Bc+ decay of this nature to be observed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number111803
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume118
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2017
Externally publishedYes

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