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Search for the rare decays B+→μ+μ-K+, B0→μ+μ-K*(892)0, and Bs0→μ+μ-ϕ at CDF

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Title: Search for the rare decays B+→μ+μ-K+, B0→μ+μ-K*(892)0, and Bs0→μ+μ-ϕ at CDF
Author: Aaltonen, T.; Mehtälä, Petteri; Orava, Risto; Mäki, Tuula; Saarikko, Heimo; Österberg, Kenneth
Citation: CDF Collaboration 2008 , ' Search for the rare decays B+→μ+μ-K+, B0→μ+μ-K*(892)0, and Bs0→μ+μ-ϕ at CDF ' , Physical Review D : Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology , vol 79 , no. 1 , pp. 011104 .
Belongs to series: Physical Review D : Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
ISSN: 1550-7998
Abstract: We search for b to s\mu^+\mu^- transitions in B meson (B^+, B^0, or B^0_s) decays with 924pb^{-1} of p pbar collisions at sqrt(s)=1.96 TeV collected with the CDF II detector at the Fermilab Tevatron. We find excesses with significances of 4.5, 2.9, and 2.4 standard deviations in the B^+ to \mu^+\mu^-K^+, B^0 to \mu^+\mu^-K^*(892)^0, and B_s^0 to \mu^+\mu^-\phi decay modes, respectively. Using B to J/psi h (h = K^+, K^*(892)^0, phi) decays as normalization channels, we report branching fractions for the previously observed B^+ and B^0 decays, BR(B^+ to \mu^+\mu^-K^+)=(0.59\pm0.15\pm0.04) x 10^{-6}, and BR(B^0 to \mu^+\mu^-K^*(892)^0)=(0.81\pm0.30\pm0.10) x 10^{-6}, where the first uncertainty is statistical, and the second is systematic. These measurements are consistent with the world average results, and are competitive with the best available measurements. We set an upper limit on the relative branching fraction BR(B_s^0 to \mu^+\mu^-\phi)/BR(B_s^0 to J/\psi\phi)
Peer review status: Peer reviewed
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/24052
Date: 2008

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