Search for CP violation in the phase space of D0 → π+ππ+π decays

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Abstract

A search for time-integrated CP violation in the Cabibbo-suppressed decay D0→π+π−π+π− is performed using an unbinned, model-independent technique known as the energy test. This is the first application of the energy test in four-body decays. The search is performed for P-even CP asymmetries and, for the first time, is extended to probe the P-odd case. Using proton–proton collision data corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 3.0 fb−1 collected by the LHCb detector at centre-of-mass energies of s=7 TeV and 8 TeV, the world's best sensitivity to CP violation in this decay is obtained. The data are found to be consistent with the hypothesis of CP symmetry with a p-value of (4.6±0.5)% in the P-even case, and marginally consistent with a p-value of (0.6±0.2)% in the P-odd case, corresponding to a significance for CP non-conservation of 2.7 standard deviations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-356
Number of pages12
JournalPhysics Letters B
Volume769
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

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